The band is there in case a funeral dirge is needed.

I'll bet the good seats right inside the potential 'splash zone' cost more. Kinda like seeing Gallagher perform.
We've still got this -- it's called auto racing. And sometimes rodeo. It used to go by "Evel Knievel," too.
"Come for the popcorn, stay for the Gruesome Death We're Half-Promising You!".