The closing of the 2012 London Olympic Games went off without a hitch. Some of the biggest fears of the townspeople in London were traffic congestion and security breaches. Neither happened thank god. But that did get me to thinking, “What would you do if a zombie outbreak happened inside a crowded stadium?
Stadiums are modern day castles. You can only get in through specific gates, and entrance any other way is made extremely difficult to prevent people who haven’t paid for tickets from getting in. But anyone who has been to a crowded stadium knows that getting out is sometimes just as hard getting in. Your regular sporting event alone can have tens of thousands of spectators trying to escape at the end of the event. Not only do you have to leave the gate you came out of (if you’re going straight to your vehicle that is) but you also have to wade through the thousands of people all trying to get out at the same time as you.
To make it difficult, traffic flow is directed so that you have to go around the halls around the arena to get to the specific gate you need. This is done to prevent people from cutting across the field, but it’s also done so you must pass all the vendors that service the arena. So at the end of the game navigating the thousands of people to get out is sometimes a daunting task in itself. Now add panicked people trying to get away from zombies. Good luck not getting trampled.
So what would you do? To stay in the stands might sound like a good idea at first, you would miss the crowds and you could sneak out after most of the people are gone. 2 problems with this theory though. 1st, If the zombies get to those crowds trying to get out, you could have literally thousands of zombies to sneak past on your way out. 2nd, if the CDC quarantines the stadium (which they would), you are now trapped in with thousands of zombies. Way to go Einstein. Now try surviving with no weapons because at most facilities they pat you down before you can come in anymore.
No you want to get out as soon as possible. But unless you are one of the lucky few to get a seat near the exit of your section you will have a hard time doing this. Unless you take the way no one else will think of taking (until you take it first that is).
Get yourself to the pitch of the stadium. Limited number of people will be on the field so running will be a lot easier. Once you are their take one of the player’s exits to get off the playing field. There are many entrances to get back to the “public” areas of the stadiums, but again avoid those so you can avoid the crowds. Not to mention if it’s a concert where people are allowed on the pitch, most people will be heading for these exits. The player entrances usually lead to their locker rooms, which will be one of the safest places to be as access to the locker rooms will be restricted. Next follow the hallways to an emergency exit or the player’s exit to the stadium. It’s that simple.
But what if you do get stuck inside? What would you do? Again, get to the locker rooms. Zombies will have a hard time getting to them at first so they are your safest bet. From here you have an advantage that a lot of the places connected to this part of the stadium is hidden away from the rest of the public. There are fewer entrances and exits you will have to defend, and fewer people back in these areas that have been exposed to the threat. From here you usually have a weight room (great for impromptu weapons), a trainers facility (which will have first aid items), a cafeteria (the players got to eat), and a connection of offices where administrative work is done for the sports teams (this will have the items you need to put together a distress sign and give you contact to let the outside world know you are ok.
Other good news is that there will be a number of security guards back here as well that will have items for crowed control like batons and stun guns, and in some cases, firearms. Again, pillage the weight room for weapons. You should also use benches and office furniture to barricade the exits as well.
If you get quarantined by the CDC, don’t panic. Unlike the movies that portray the CDC as a bunch of bungling idiots, they know what they are doing. They will work with law enforcement to get you supplies, and set up a sick bay where they can isolate you and be sure you weren’t accidently infected. You will be there for a while; a few days at least, so stay calm and follow the instructions you are given. Don’t do anything that would get you hurt, like trying to break the quarantine. And finally work with the CDC officials by answering any questions you are given, be helpful in providing information, and perform tasks if asked.
Again, things may be more difficult with non-sporting events, but the concepts are still the same. Remember no situation is un-survivable if you use good instincts paired with knowledge and a positive mental attitude.
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I’m sitting here watching the Olympics. Not all geeks like the Olympics. I on the other hand embrace the games. The US female gymnastics team dominate the field and win gold, Michael Phelps winning his record breaking 19th medial (congrats on the achievement!), yea this all get’s my blood pumping.
I was thinking however how the Olympics would look with zombies. I’m thinking a whole lot different.
The Human Events
Archery – Done with zombies instead of targets. In this not only are you judged by getting a bulls eye (right between the eyes), but the target will probably shake and move around a little as well.
All dashes – Done with zombies in the chase of course. A closed course would be required, trapping the athletes in their lanes with nowhere to go but forward.
Hurdles – These would be more interesting. The hurdles would not be traditional hurdles, instead debris would be falling that the athletes would have to jump and climb over to get away from the zombies chasing at their heels. Disastrous results if you can’t make it over that burning car.
Shot put, Javelin, Discus – The field has zombies in it. Your throw doesn’t count unless you take one down. Farthest zombie knocked down counts to your score.
Marathons – would be run like the 5k zombie runs we are becoming more and more failure with. But this is the Olympics. Those would be real zombies, and no three lives to save you. One bite and your done.
Boxing , Judo, other Fighting events- You no longer face your opponent one on one. Now you compete to see how many zombies you can take out with your hands.
Competitive shooting – All target events would be more like the description for archery, but even better because the zombies would be let loose now you test all ranges in the same event because in order to survive it you would have to take every walker down. Skeet and trap events would remain the same so that they represented your ability to hunt birds in the apocalypse.
The Zombie Events
These events would be more to just have fun.
The One Legged Race – Chop a zombie’s leg off. See how long it takes him to get to the finish line.
Bobbing for humans – They don’t need to breath, they can wait in the water all day for their next meal.
Zombie Duel – Tie delicious meats to the necks of 2 zombies, watch the rip each other’s heads off for just a taste.
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