Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Are Rams fans cool?

That’s not a question about being hip, it’s a question of being overcome by heat at Sunday’s game during a Southern California heatwave.

The Los Angeles Rams will introduce several elements intended to help fans better deal with the heat at the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against the Buffalo Bills.

The number of courtesy cups of ice or water available for fans will be increased; water tabs will be installed at concession stand fountain soda machines; the number of in-seat vendors offering non-alcoholic beverages in the seating bowl will be doubled; beverage vending machines will be installed throughout the Coliseum; and there will be water refill locations on the yard level at gates 4 and 28, a team official said.

There will be misters added at gates 4, 11, 19 and 23; water refrigerators will be added to concession stands, allowing water to be sold at more locations; and areas to store beverages, including water, will be added in an attempt to improve restocking of beverages at concession stands, the official said.

The temperature at kickoff is forecast to be around 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Coliseum policy allows each fan to bring two factory-sealed bottles of water, 17 ounces or less, into the stadium.

Water fountains are located next to restrooms around the Coliseum.

Fans seeking shade during the game should visit either the Peristyle entrance on the east side of the stadium where the Corona Extra Beach House and Vivid Seats Tailgate area are open to all fans or the food court area on the west side of the stadium where there are tables and umbrellas.

Fans also may visit the South Customer Service Office on the east side.

There were at least 158 heat-related medical calls, with 11 people taken to hospitals, at the Rams last home game Sept. 18, when the temperature at the opening kickoff was 88 degrees, authorities said.

None of the affected people were in serious condition, Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Ellsworth Fortman said.

Fortman said the people who suffered heat-related injuries “were basically people who are susceptible to heat illnesses,” who he described as “generally people that are elderly, or real young or consumed a lot of alcohol.”

In a game with an announced paid attendance of 91,046, although the actual crowd was likely smaller, Fortman said having 11 people taken to hospitals was “not really” a large amount.

— City News Service

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