Safety is a top priority regardless of where you are and what you are doing. Even if you are watching the NBA finals or cheering for your favorite NFL players, you need to be prepared for anything that could go wrong during a sporting event.

With live games now allowed to take place, you need to know the level of risk you are exposed to as a spectator. Apart from getting infected, there is also the risk of a riot or structural failures that will cause serious harm even if you are just sitting there watching the game. 

It matters a lot to think about safety during a sporting event, so consider these tips that will help keep you out of harm’s way.

1. Plan ahead 

If the event is happening in another city or state, make sure you don’t leave home without a clear plan. You will need to know what to bring and determine who will be tagging along for the trip. It’s also important to come up with a good estimate of the number of people who will be watching the game live. If it’s a major event, you might want to arrive there early so you can avoid large crowds in a queue. 

2. Bring a friend along

Even if it’s a minor event, it’s always important to bring along another person with you so you have someone you can rely on in case of an emergency. Moreover, your partner can help you navigate the venue and make clear decisions during a dire situation.

3. Be aware of your surroundings

Whether you are inside a covered stadium or at an open field, much of your focus will be on the game itself. However, as much as you want to get your fair share of the excitement, you should also assess your surroundings. You will need to locate the nearest exits or escape routes. In addition, you will need to check the stability of structures such as the ceiling and the benches. If you feel unsafe, reach out to the security detail and let them know. 

4. Know who to contact

Anything can happen during an NFL game or any other sport for that matter. Oftentimes, you can’t avoid situations that can harm you. The best you can do in this case is to call for help. For this reason, consider saving the numbers of local emergency services if the on-site security personnel fails to respond to or even notice an emergency situation. You can also reach out to an attorney who can help sue due to negligent security at a game and hold the organizers liable. 

5. Sober up

Your safety relies on how well you respond to what’s happening around you. You should be on your guard at all times and make effective judgment calls, so it’s important to stay sober or at least regulate your alcohol consumption. That way, you can respond appropriately if things go south during a game. 

If you’re planning to watch a live game, make sure to keep these tips in mind for a more enjoyable and safer experience.