UVA wins: But 10 injured, 3 hospitalized in stampede
UVA's recent 24-21 upset win over previously unbeaten, 12th-ranked Georgia Tech sent Cavalier fans rushing the field. But in the October 15 stampede of spectators, something bad happened that hasn't been revealed until now. Ten people were injured, three of them seriously enough to be hospitalized.
Of the 10 fans who received emergency care at Scott Stadium, four were moderately injured but walked away, two had minor injuries, one refused care, but three were taken to the hospital, according to UVA Medical Center spokesman Peter Jump.
He was unable to provide further details on those injured, other than to say– contrary to one rumor roiling the town– that there were no reports of anyone requiring resuscitation either at the stadium or at the hospital.
If this scenario sounds painfully familiar, there was a similar incident six years ago following an upset over Florida State. In the field-swarming jubilation of that 2005 event, dozens of Cavalier fans were injured when they crowded against a chainlink fence at the bottom of the Hill, the grass-covered student section at the north end of the field.
In the wake of that incident, which drew national attention, the fence was removed. How the injuries occurred this time could not be immediately determined, and UVA athletics department spokesperson Rich Murray had not responded to the Hook by press time.
"It's tough to manage that end," says UVA Police spokesperson Melissa Fielding. "We try to layer the north end with police and staff, but it's difficult to stop the crowds. We understand their enthusiasm, but it really is dangerous to rush the field."