Fan brawl at ACC Championship Game bring up stadium security concerns

The disturbing brawl that took place between fans at Bank of America Stadium Saturday brought up security concerns.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – New information on Saturday’s brawl that broke out during the ACC Championship Game emerged Monday night.

The Panthers told NBC Charlotte they do not plan on increasing foot patrol inside the stadium for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The team said its 650 guest service representatives were inside the stadium during Saturday’s game and they are not considered “security guards” because they are not allowed to get involved in fights.

A guest service representative's job is to report a fight to CMPD. It's then up to police to get a situation under control. 

According to witnesses, more than three minutes passed before the fight was broken up Saturday night. 

Brad Fletcher, 22, of Rodgersville, Tenn., was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor assault and battery, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. He was issued a $500 secured bond.

Fletcher is slated to appear in court Tuesday at 1 p.m.  

Saturday's scuffle was brief but the punches thrown struck a chord in a conversation that's been had for two months regarding security at Bank of America Stadium. 

During the Eagles-Panthers game on October 12, police say then 26-year-old Kyle Maraghe punched a fan in the face. Maraghe was charged with simple assault. 

The pair of tense moments have people afraid to attend sporting events, that's where Dan Starks enters the equation. 

Starks is the owner of Starks Training Institute, a facility that teaches self-defense and personal safety classes. 

"If you have to throw a punch, what you aim for is a person’s nose," Starks said. 

Starks said if you ever feel uncomfortable, your best bet is to get away and alert authorities but if you can't avoid confrontation then he suggests a specific way to play defense. 

"You hit it with the heel of your hand, as hard as you possibly can,” he added. “That is going to temporarily take away their vision temporarily, make it difficult for them to breathe and put them out of the fight."

While only one arrest has been made, police are still working the case. Anyone with additional information concerning this case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  

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