Blue rubber padding covers concrete at Edward Jones Dome

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The concrete surface surrounding the perimeter of the playing field and bench areas at Edward Jones Dome became an issue during the Rams’ last two home games because Browns quarterback Josh McCown and 49ers running back Reggie Bush each slipped and fell on it at the end of plays.

Bush suffered a torn ACL, which has led to a lawsuit against the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority because they operate the stadium. It has also led to a change in the surface for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

There’s now blue rubber padding covering the concrete at the edges of the turf, which can be seen in this photo by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It may be a while before we find out if this is a solution for four final Rams games in St. Louis or for years to come, but things should be a bit safer for players at the dome for however long the building is hosting NFL games.

11 responses to “Blue rubber padding covers concrete at Edward Jones Dome

  1. Can’t imagine the addition of that matting is going to help their court case. The judge will ask why did they install it and if the club says because it was needed, blam their goose is cooked. If they needed it it should have been there when Bush was hurt, pay the man.

    My not installing the mats at least they can fall back on the position that they weren’t needed.

  2. Subsequent remedial measures are generally not admissible in trial, so fixing the problem should not affect Reggie Bush’s claims against the Rams. The only time it would likely be admissible is if the Rams claim that there was nothing they could have done to prevent the fall/injury.

  3. 4evrnyt says:
    Nov 15, 2015 12:36 PM
    Can’t imagine the addition of that matting is going to help their court case. The judge will ask why did they install it and if the club says because it was needed, blam their goose is cooked. If they needed it it should have been there when Bush was hurt, pay the man.

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    I agree they should pay the man.

    If this goes to trial, though — which I doubt — Reggie Bush won’t be allowed to bring evidence that the stadium operator installed matting after the fact in order to prove that they were negligent for not covering the surface in the first place. (If this rule didn’t exist, property owners wouldn’t take steps to fix hazards after an accident out of fear that those steps would be used against them in court.)

    Regardless of what they did after the fact, it seems pretty clear that they should have known better than to put a bare concrete surface that close to the playing field. I’m surprised they haven’t had more injuries.

  4. Anyone who has worn cleats can attest to the danger of the cement causing the player to slide and lose control trying to stop. I’m old school. Even today’s shoes slip and slide on concrete. The NFL dropped the ball on this a long time ago knowing of the danger and never enforcing safety measures on the Lambs. Used to be a Bush fan until he screwed his college teammates out of a National Championship. Even so, he should sue the NFL too. These sports teams making 10s of millions and more and the NFL do not pay taxes like us common people. No sympathy from me for the league about anything.

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