Lightning: Information for Organized Sporting Events

Action Plans

Large outdoor stadiums should have action plans and procedures for lightning safety. These plans should include the following:

  • An evacuation plan for both players and spectators
  • A person monitoring all weather forecasts and reports
  • A safe shelter


If you are attending an organized sporting event at an outdoor stadium during a lightning storm, you can minimize your risk of being struck by taking precautions:

  • Remain calm.
  • Listen for instructions from stadium personnel.
  • Move to the designated safe shelters, away from metal poles and the open field. These shelters should be determined before the event if a chance of a storm exists.
  • Wait for an all-clear signal, which should occur approximately 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.