Sports-venue operators may have to do more to protect patrons during warm-up sessions than in actual games, a New Jersey appeals court says.

The panel ruled on Tuesday, in Sciarrotta v. Global Spectrum, A-5103-05, that a woman beaned by a puck before the start of a Trenton Titans-Johnstown Chiefs hockey game — when dozens of pucks were in play as the teams practiced passes and shots on goal — should not have had her case summarily dismissed.

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