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Grand Slam Safety News - August


Fan Hit by Puck

Tampa, FL Tampa Lightning Amalie Arena

How would you react to a hockey puck coming at you at speeds pushing 80 miles per hour?

A mother took a blow to the head from puck at a Tampa Bay Lightning game last year, leaving her with multiple injuries – and it very easily could have hit one of her two young sons.

Sabrina Pattie and her husband had taken their boys to the professional hockey game as the boy’s inaugural hockey outlining. They were seated near the edge of the protecting netting when suddenly a puck flew into the stands, striking Sabrina above the left eye.

NHL arenas are required to have protective netting at certain points in the spectator stands. Sabrina and her family, although not directly behind the netting was supposedly in a “safe” zone.

As the number of fan injuries continue to rise it is imperative that sports facilities go above and beyond the “required” safety precautions. Curtain netting, impactable fencing, and canopy netting all add layers of protection that allow the players to play and the fans to enjoy the game.


Safe Play in Indiana

Divider Curtains Finch Creek

Finch Creek Fast Facts

over 700' Netting over 900' SPECTO® Indoor Containment Fencing 7 retractable Batting Cages 4 permanent Batting Cages 225' Slopefold Divider Curtain 2 -115' horizontal Fold Divider Curtains

The owners of Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities and the Lauth Group were looking for a company that could fill the bill for this huge project. Grand Slam Safety and its SPECTO® products were the perfect fit.

The Finch Creek facility is over 75,000 square feet with two high-school sized infields for baseball and softball along with eleven batting cages. Two full turf fields allow for football, soccer, lacrosse or any other indoor sport. The facility also includes five courts for basketball and volleyball.

Batting Cages Finch Creek

Grand Slam Safety stepped up to the plate to deliver a complete package of over 700 feet of Sport Netting for the ceiling and upper walls, over 900 feet of SPECTO® Indoor Containment Fencing for the turf fields, seven retractable and four permanent batting cages, a slopefold divider curtain, and two horizontal fold divider curtains.

“From the moment we sat down with Grand Slam Safety, both Ryan Cole (President of Finch Creek Field House) and I, knew this was going to be a good fit for our project." said Clay Kelly, Project Manager for the Lauth Group, Inc.

"Grand Slam Safety's honest, 'not telling you what you what you want to hear', approach was refreshing. This company more than exceeded our expectations."

Contact Grand Slam Safety. We would be happy to discuss your next sports facility build. From start to finish Grand Slam Safety will walk with you every step of the way. We customize to your needs.

Any Space. Any Sport. Grand Slam Safety and SPECTO® Fencing Systems.

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