Sports inspire passion among its fans, but sometimes that fervor literally turns into fire. Both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can ignite a sports riot. Sometimes the violence ends in property damage, but there are instances where people attain severe injuries. You gotta watch how sports can turn into sparks.
Vancouver burns – The Boston Bruins bested the Vancouver Canucks for the NHL Stanley Cup and Canuck fans didn’t take it well. In scenes that mirrored 1994 when Canucks fans rampaged the streets after a Game Seven loss to the New York Rangers, they rioted in the face of defeat. The mob trashed the streets, burned cars and even fought one another.
Basketball brawl – It started on the court, but quickly moved to the stands. The nation was shocked to see basketball superstars engaging in fisticuffs with fans. In one very vivid moment, you can see Ron Artest punching a fan in the face.
Denver rising – The Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons in 1998 for a Super Bowl win. But it was Denver fans that grabbed headlines when they headed to the streets and rioted to celebrate the victory.