Disaster at Fidenae
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
This year, as Tiberius had just lifted a ban on gladiatorial games, causing an exceptionally large crowd in Fidenae's wooden amphitheater when it collapsed. Wounding and killing somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 of the 50,000 spectators present. Tiberius, who had been in Capri on a vacation, rushed over to Fidenae to assist the victims.
My Take by Southpaw Ben
As a result of this disaster, the Roman Senate responded by banning anyone who had less than 400,000 sesterces (the average legionnaire made about 900 sesterces a year, which gives an idea of just how much that was) weren't legally allowed to host gladitorial games. They also created building codes requiring a sound foundation, which would be inspected to ensure it met the requirements. They also banished Atilius, the man who owned and constructed the amphitheater, however, the terms of this banishment have been lost to history, and could range anywhere from being no longer allowed to host gladitorial games to being completely banned from certain Roman territories.