Roar of the Crowd: Noise-Related Safety Concerns in Sport


  • Robin Ammon University of South Dakota
  • Kimberly Mahoney University of New Haven
  • Gil Fried University of New Haven
  • Khadija Al Arkoubi University of New Haven
  • Dale Finn University of New Haven



In sport the safety of staff, participants and spectators is of the utmost importance. Therefore, sport venue and event managers should take every precaution to address safety concerns while planning for and executing events or activities. While venue managers have a legal duty to protect fans and participants, federal regulations exist to ensure a safe workplace for all employees, including those at a sports event. This is a conceptual article intended to assist practitioners to identify potentially unexpected hazards within the work environment, as well as strategies to eliminate or manage them. The authors examine existing federal regulations, current research associated with hearing/noise-related concerns and specific research undertaken in the sport environment. The article concludes with recommended prevention strategies for facility and event managers to assist them in meeting their professional and legal obligations.






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