Dr. Robin Ammon, Chair of the Division of Kinesiology and Sport Science at the University of South Dakota, has been following the crowd management space and what can be done when things get out of hand for decades.
He was quoted last winter in “University of Houston Severs Ties with CSC After Fans Are ‘Punched’ and ‘Tackled’; Legal Expert Weighs In,” which appeared in Sports Litigation Alert.
He noted that the “storming” or “rushing” of a field (or basketball court for that matter) “is an example of what we call a crush. A crush is when fans or spectators rush toward something of perceived value (a goal post, a famous athlete/entertainer etc.). The opposite would be a stampede. A stampede occurs when fans rush away from something of perceived danger i.e. someone with a weapon or an approaching storm.”
(He went on to elaborate in the article, which appeared in Sports Litigation Alert.)