The foul ball sliced into the seats behind the Atlanta Braves dugout and rocketed into the head of an 8-year-old boy.
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Foul balls by the numbers
- At the Aug. 30, 2010, game in which a 6-year-old girl was seriously injured, Turner Field’s safety netting protected 2,791 seats (out of a capacity 49,586 seats) from the risk of balls or bats entering the stands behind home plate, court filings say.
- The best sections for fans to catch foul balls at Turner Field are sections 113 through 124, with sections 113-118 also being good for catching tossed balls from players, according to bestfoulballseats.com.
- A 2003 study about medical care that’s required for mass gatherings estimated that injuries from foul balls at Major League Baseball games happen to 35.1 out of every 1 million fans who attend a game.
- Since 1862, 120 spectators have died from foul ball injuries, 47 spectators have died from thrown baseball injuries and 43 spectators have died from bats that entered the stands, said Robert Gorman, co-author of “Death at the Ballpark.”