Sports – who does not love watching a live NFL match during the weekend? What would you not give to watch Lewis Hamilton racing in Monaco? Just think watching Kobe Bryant dunking live as you sit next to celebrities?
Buying sport tickets makes you have fun but the large crowds and high anxiety mean disasters can happen. There are hundreds of sporting disasters but there are those that have brought the world to a standstill.
Recounting the Top 10 Worst Sporting Disasters
Recounting tragedy is a chilling affair but one that ensures society learns something. Here are some of the top sporting tragedies:
1. Hysel Stadium Disaster: The year was 1985, the City Brussels, Belgium. Tension was high as the final of the European Cup Final was about to be played in the Hysel Stadium between Juventus FC and Liverpool. Riots between fans of the two sides led to collapse of the wall separating the two sections. 39 Juventus fans died.
2. Ayrton Senna’s death: When Formula One is mentioned, the name of Senna comes up. He was so dominant in the 1980s and early 90s and his epic battles with Prost are legendary. Sadly, the champion was to die in a crash in 1994 at the San Marino GP in Italy after crashing into a concrete barrier.
3. 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre: When politics seeps into sport in 1972, the effects were devastating. The Black September terror group from Palestine killed 11 Israeli athletes after holding them hostage and demanding release of 234 Palestinians
4. 1989 Hillsborough Disaster: This time again Liverpool, had bad press again. With a neutral ground at Hillsborough being picked for a semi-final crash between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, tension was still high. Tens of thousands of fans were already in having bought sport tickets but more wanted to enter. The total deaths from the stampeding tragedy came to 96 and deeply scarred football.
5. 1955 Le Mans GP Disaster: Formula One was just picking up but when a racing car hurtled into the spectators’ grand stand and killed 82 people, there was obvious need to look at safety once again.
6. 1949 Superga Disaster: The most successful side in Italy, Torino FC was returning home when its plane crashed into Superga hills in Turin. Everybody died and that included top Italy national team players. In total 31 people died.
7. The end of Michael Watson’s Career: When Chris Eubank accepted a rematch with Michael Watson in 1991 no one knew the tragedy in waiting. By the 12th round, it seemed Watson would win but the last punches from Eubank proved fatal sending him to a comma for 40 days and 6 operations.
8. 2001 Ghana Football stadium Disaster: Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak were playing and when Oaks won Asante fans started protesting and hurling seats. Police robed teargas and a stampede ensued, crushing 120 people to death.
9. Kayseri AtatürkStadium Disaster: 40 people died when fans of KayserisporandSivasspor started fighting during half-time. A stampede started at the exit and at the end 40 people lay dead.
10. 2012 Port Said: After the Arab uprising, tensions were still high during the Al-Masry and Al-Ahlymatch in Port Said. After the finals whistle, violence broke out and people killed each other with weapons.
There are many more including the death of Hansie Cronje, shooting of football star Escobar in Colombia, Mateo Flores National Stadium disaster in Guatemala among others.
You can also check an interesting guide (with videos) on the most iconic moments in sports by Eventraveler – Event Tickets.