RECENT ARTICLES
  • Ensuring Safe Venues Starts with Event Staff Screening

    by Dennis Van Milligen November 2014

    Texas A&M's Kyle Field began its $450 million renovation in November 2013, with a completion date goal set for September 6, 2014 — the Aggies' first home game of the season versus Lamar University. The upgrades are extensive, including expanded seating by close to 25,000 (from 80,000 to approximately 105,000), making it the largest football stadium in the SEC. With the increase in the number of fans came an increase in security demands for the 2014 home opener unlike any Aggies associate athletic director Mike Caruso had dealt with before.

  • FAA: Flying Drones by Stadiums Can Mean Fines, Prison

    by The Associated Press October 2014

    Operators who fly drones or model planes near or over large sports stadiums and auto racetracks are breaking the law and can be fined and imprisoned for up to a year, the Federal Aviation Administration warned in a notice posted on the agency's website.

  • Understanding Crowds Key to Controlling Fan Violence

    by Tamara D. Madensen October 2014

    Managing crowd behavior is an inherently complex task, but understanding the basic principles that underlie individual decision-making gives us a significant advantage when designing and executing fan violence prevention efforts.

  • Drones Causing Chaos at Sporting Events Worldwide

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

    If you've recently attended a major sporting event and seen something moving in the sky, it may have been a bird or a plane. 

    But it also may have been a drone.

  • Chicago Marathon Officials Preparing for Ebola Threat

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    Organizing an open-access event comes with plenty of challenges. There’s coordinating the logistics, finding sponsors, and of course, organizing security to keep participants and fans safe.

  • NFL Game Shines Light on Laser Pointer Security Issue

    by Jay Skurski, News sports reporter October 2014

    Laser-gate is over as far as Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is concerned. A day after he complained to referees about someone in the crowd at Ford Field shining a laser pointer at his team, Marrone said Monday he's "handed off" the issue to team President Russ Brandon to handle at the league level.

  • Student Arrested for Bringing Gun to High School Game

    by Luanne Rife, luanne.rife@roanoke.com September 2014

    A James River High School student was arrested Friday night when he brought a loaded handgun to the football game, the sheriff's office said.

  • Integrating Entrance-Screening Technology in High Schools

    by Dennis Van Milligen September 2014

    Last February, New Hanover (N.C.) High School escaped a second-round upset bid by Knightdale in the boys' basketball playoffs courtesy of a last-second shot that broke a 53-53 tie, but that wasn't the only drama associated with this hotly contested game. Spectators entering the game had to go through a metal detector, a move that was necessitated by a 15-year-old student bringing a .22 caliber handgun to New Hanover's first-round game against Ashley High School. The walkthrough metal detector was set up shortly before the game, replacing police offers using handheld detectors. As New Hanover athletic director Keith Moore told StarNews of Wilmington, "I'd rather be safe than sorry."

  • Incident Management Systems Protect Facility and Spectator

    by Scott Meyers August 2014

    Responding in a timely manner before an incident escalates or has a significant impact on the safety and security of spectators is a key concern for all athletic facility managers. Common incidents at sporting events that require swift action include fights, medical and maintenance issues, and spectator complaints. During a typical major college football game, there can be as many as 200 incidents reported — anything from toilets overflowing to fan ejections.

  • Poll: Security Screening at Prep and College Games

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    More and more schools are following the lead of professional sports teams and investing in entrance screening technology. We want your opinion on the subject for an upcoming feature in Athletic Business.