Summit League's Stance On Storming The Court
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
March 07, 2013 5:10 PM
Storming the court has become somewhat of a tradition for teams and their fans after a championship or a big win.
Summit League fans are no different. It happened last year after SDSU's overtime win and, even this year, when USD got a big win against the Jackrabbits at the Dakota Dome.
And with the stakes high and an automatic trip to the big dance on the line, it could happen again this year.
“Generally we discourage it. We try to keep the crowd off the court. But, if you see that the crowd is going to make it to the court it's better to just let them go,” said Sioux Falls Arena General Manager Terry Torkildson.
The commissioner of Summit League feels rushing the court is all a part of the experience.
“I think it adds to a little atmosphere. I don't have any qualms as long as we are proactive,” said Tom Douple.
So, if a team hits a big shot and fans start to rush the court officials at the Arena say plans are in place to keep every one safe.
“We never want something that is going to be unsafe, obviously. We put some things in place to prevent that from happening,” said Torkildson.
“What we need to do is anticipate that. We need to make sure that visiting team and coach get off the court safely,” said Douple.
And it comes down to simple math. There are just way more fans than security at just about any game.
“If you really try and stop a group of people like that you can really create more problems than you would solve,” said Torkildson.
As the Summit League Tournament starts up again on a fresh new court, excited fans could soon be swarming their favorite team.