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The Gillette Stadium Experience: A Retrospective Review of Mass Gathering Events From 2010 to 2015

  • Scott A. Goldberg (a1) (a2), Jeremy Maggin (a2) (a3), Michael S. Molloy (a3) (a4), Olesya Baker (a1), Ritu Sarin (a2) (a3), Michael Kelleher (a5), Kevin Mont (a6), Adedeji Fajana (a3) and Eric Goralnick (a1) (a2) (a7)...



Mass gathering events can substantially impact public safety. Analyzing patient presentation and transport rates at various mass gathering events can help inform staffing models and improve preparedness.


A retrospective review of all patients seeking medical attention across a variety of event types at a single venue with a capacity of 68,756 from January 2010 through September 2015.


We examined 232 events with a total of 8,260,349 attendees generating 8157 medical contacts. Rates were 10 presentations and 1.6 transports per 10,000 attendees with a non-significant trend towards increased rates in postseason National Football League games. Concerts had significantly higher rates of presentation and transport than all other event types. Presenting concern varied significantly by event type and gender, and transport rate increased predictably with age. For cold weather events, transport rates increased at colder temperatures. Overall, on-site physicians did not impact rates.


At a single venue hosting a variety of events across a 6-year period, we demonstrated significant variations in presentation and transport rates. Weather, gender, event type, and age all play important roles. Our analysis, while representative only of our specific venue, may be useful in developing response plans and staffing models for similar mass gathering venues. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018;12:752-758).


Corresponding author

Correspondence and reprint requests to Scott Goldberg, MD, MPH, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St, Neville House, Boston, MA 02115 (e-mail:


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