By Naman Shastri, Grade 5
April 15th, 2022 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. On this day, in 1989, gates opened in the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield England. Excited fans squeezed in, eagerly awaiting the FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. To the organizer's surprise, thousands of people pushed their way in, exceeding the capacity of the stadium greatly. Many sources describe the incident as a “Fatal Human Crush”, but these words are an understatement.
The crowd rushed to the fencing of the spectating area leaving those at the front under the most tension. 94 of the 96 victims of the crush died on the day, having either been suffocated, or pushed towards the fencing with the brute force of the crowd behind them. The other two passed within a few years afterward. Various individuals (including that of the Liverpool manager at the time, Sir Kenny Dalglish) over the coming years, blamed the bad management of the posted guards. They felt that more people should have been let out before the situation worsened
In the aftermath of the incident, legal requirements concerning safety were put in place. It has had a major impact on stadiums around the world. The standing areas were eliminated, meaning they all became what are known as “all seaters”, where only a ticket allows you a seat in the arena. The positive impact of such an impactful event is that people can now enjoy their favorite sports more safely.