Safety first at sta­dium

The Compass - - OPINION - Brenda and Barry Peach Carbonear

Dear ed­i­tor,

On Sun­day, March 22 dur­ing game seven be­tween the South­ern Shore Break­ers and the Con­cep­tion Bay CeeBee Stars at the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium, our nephew was hit by a puck.

The cut re­quired seven stitches and a cou­ple of nights at the Janeway.

The opthamol­o­gist who saw Ben­jamin said he came very close to los­ing his eye and now has a con­di­tion that will have to be checked reg­u­larly.

We are grate­ful that his in­jury wasn’t much worse!

Ben­jamin wasn’t the only per­son to be in­jured by a puck that night. An older fan also suf­fered quite a se­ri­ous fa­cial in­jury.

We be­lieve that safety net­ting along the top of the glass is long over­due.

When­ever the CeeBees are in town the sta­dium is packed with loyal fans who de­serve to be pro­tected from fly­ing pucks.

Op­er­at­ing a sta­dium is costly and de­flec­tive pucks are part of the game, but the skill level of th­ese play­ers is high and that cer­tainly in­creases the dan­ger to fans.

Surely there must be a way to find the funds to en­sure the safety of spec­ta­tors.

We write this let­ter out of con­cern. Ben­jamin will re­cover, but the next fan may not be so lucky.

This prob­lem is eas­ily fixed. Please do it be­fore the 2009-2110 hockey sea­son.

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