Warmer weather means baseball season and the potential for severe weather. But teams like the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have a plan to keep the thousands of fans that attend their games, safe.
“When it comes to thunderstorms, we will pay attention to the weather forecasts. We have a system internally that we will watch. We’ll work hand in hand with the umpires. Once the game starts it’s officially the umpires call, but they work with us if we recommend getting the players off the field and the fans out of the stands.” -Rob Zerjav President of Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
In many cases the fans will be sent into the concourse area if lightning is detected, but in the rare situation where a tornado warning is issued, the team has a plan for that too.
“Our main tornado shelters are actually the tunnels from the clubouse to the dugout. So, we will take the fans through both clubhouses and take them into the tunnels and pack them in like sardines. And honestly it’s probably one of the safest places you could be in the area in the underground concrete tunnels.”
The Green Bay Packers also have had their own experience dealing with severe weather on game days.
“Law enforcement is on the phone with the National Weather Service. Those folks have the best information and can relay that to us. When we see that there is dangerous weather coming in they’ll let us know how far away it is.” -Aaron Popkey Packers Director of Public Affairs
And no matter the location, the NFL has a strict policy to keep fans and players safe.
“I think the opportunity to remind people about dangerous weather during any type of event is certainly a great opportunity and, in this day, and age where communication is more immediate or available it’s great to remind people to pay attention to those things.”
Severe Weather Awareness Week runs through Friday across the state of Wisconsin.