FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2011 file photo, Indiana State Police and authorities survey the collapsed rigging and Sugarland stage on the infield at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. The stage collapse before a Sugarland concert was a late wake-up call for people who manage large public venues like concert grounds and football stadiums. Venue managers gathered in Norman, Okla., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6, with weather forecasters and revealed there have been many close calls. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Event organizers have learned the hard way that the usual half-hour warning of severe weather might be enough for people in their homes, but it’s not enough to clear people from big venues where concerts and football games are held.
Seven people died and more than 40 were injured at the Indiana State Fair in 2011 when a sudden 60 mph gust knocked a stage onto a crowd waiting to see the band Sugarland perform. In 2009, high wind toppled a canopy at a Dallas Cowboys practice facility, leaving one person Login to read more