Article from the Daily Democrat, Woodland, CA (10/06/2015)
Although this article is several years old, it stresses the point of bleacher safety and the need for annual inspections as recommended by the ICC 300-2012 and the NFPA 102 standards.
Woodland’s Community Stadium bleachers closed for safety
By Democrat staff
The bleachers at Community Stadium, home of the Woodland High School football team, have been declared off limits due to safety concerns.
In a statement released by the Woodland School District late Monday, Superintendent Maria Armstrong reported the bleachers on both sides of the field “are damaged to the degree that they are too dangerous for use.”
Armstrong reported the condition was discovered during Woodland’s most recent home game on Sept. 18 against Vintage of Napa, when people sitting on the visitor’s side of the field reported “that the bleachers were ‘buckling.’”
“The District immediately began to contact appropriate personnel to determine the safety of the bleachers,” Armstrong reported in her statement. “The assessment results revealed that structures are damaged to the degree that they are too dangerous for use. The District consulted with numerous individuals, along with the District’s insurance providers, to create a short-term plan for the impending ‘red-tagging’ of the bleachers.”
Armstrong reported the inspector deemed both the visitor and home side, along with the press box, as unsafe.
At the news of this assessment, the District developed the following short-term plan to address the issue:
•Current Bleachers will be fenced-in to restrict access.
•Temporary Bleachers will be placed on the dirt track (ADA compliant and elevated) Monday, Oct. 12 through Nov. 16 to complete the football season.
Meanwhile, homecoming activities, scheduled within for Friday, Oct. 16, will remain intact with minor adjustments.
“The safety of everyone is of the utmost importance to the District,” Armstrong stated. “We thank the community in advance for their patience as the District works on a long-term solution to address the problem.”