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Thursday, May 02, 2019

911 Call Data Confirms Wrigleyville Is A Terrible Place To Be During Cubs Games

The internet is full of anecdotal evidence that a professional sporting event is a great place to witness reckless, rowdy, and even violent behavior. But do they really present more dangers than can be found in any major American city on any given night? That’s what we aim to find out.

Because YouTube videos showing inebriated fans punching each other are no substitute for hard data, we had to come up with another way to discover if and which major sporting events tend to bring an uptick in requests for emergency services. To start with, we gathered public data on the number of 911 calls made in 11 of the biggest U.S. cities over the last few years. This includes incidents that might never prompt a police report, like car accidents or assaults where no one was injured—the type of small emergency common on game day, and often dispersed by police without filing any charges. Then we looked to see if there was an increase in calls on nights or days when a city hosted an NFL, MLB, NHL, or NBA game. (Unfortunately, we could only find 11 major cities that make their 911 call data readily available.)

For every city and team combination, we averaged the number of 911 calls made when the team plays at home compared to their road games. (Because crime tends to go up in the summer and down in the winter, comparing home to away games was better than home games to the rest of the year.) In total, we collected information on millions of emergencies for 32 different fanbases in each of the four major sports. And what did we find?

Quantitative data concerning emergency phone calls and sporting events- wonder what it would be like if they had access to more complete data…..


QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
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