More than 15 million people attend professional sporting events each year, and many more attend minor league and children’s sports. Spectators assume a certain degree of risk when they sit in the stands. There is always the chance that a ball or hockey puck or even a tire could come flying into the seating area.
Most commonly, injuries occur at baseball and hockey games, at auto racing events and at golfing tournaments.
But this does not mean the property owner or team or other entities are free from liability when injuries occur to visitors. In order to overcome the inherent risk presumption and secure damages, plaintiff must introduce evidence to show the defendant and/or its facilities deviated in some relevant respect from established custom.