GREEN BAY - Architects familiar with stadium design say industry standards and state codes are in place to keep the public safe. Despite best efforts, no matter the design, experts say only so much can be done.
San Francisco authorities say 32-year-old Kevin Hayes' death was an accident. Police say Hayes fell while walking with his brother on a pedestrian bridge outside of Candlestick Park. It's unclear if alcohol played a role in the incident.
After a Colts win in Indianapolis, two fans fell when a railing gave way above the visitor's tunnel.
Neither man was seriously injured. The municipal group in charge of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis says the investigation is ongoing.
"I believe, we'll check everything and we'll double check it and we'll be ready to go for Friday," said Barney Levengood, the executive director of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County, Ind.
"Codes are an evolving, living, breathing entity," said Michael Kudow.
Kudow is president of Somerville Architects-Engineers in Allouez. The firm designed "New City Stadium" – now known as Lambeau Field. The group was also part of the 2002 renovations, as well as the current construction.
Speaking just to design and safety elements, Kudow says international, national and state codes are followed as a part of the design and construction process; as well as industry standards – especially when it comes to large public venues.
"There are times we have multiple codes and we have to take the most stringent application of all the codes and apply that to the building," said Kudow.
That means things like guardrail height and load standards.
The Packers organization did not wish to speak to FOX 11, on camera, regarding this story, saying it's still too early to discuss what happened near Candlestick and at Lucas Oil Stadium. But the organization did release a statement to FOX 11. It says, in part: "The safety of our fans and visitors at Lambeau Field is paramount to our organization. The design and construction of all areas at the stadium meets or surpasses all applicable codes and standards with regard to safety."
According to the Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents, there have been more than two-dozen incidents of fans falling at stadiums across the country in the last ten years.
Kudow says human behavior is always a wild card when it comes to safety designs. He says more changes to stadium safety requirements could be in store.
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