Safety & Security: Event Security
Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015
More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.
District Bans Drones at Sporting Events
by Jonathan Scholles October 2015
In the wake of rules instituted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association this fall, the Board of Education moved to adopt a resolution banning drones at football games and other school functions.
St. Paul Police: Marathon Disrupters Will Be Arrested
by Jason Scott October 2015
Anyone disrupting or interfering with runners during the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend will face consequences, according to St. Paul police chief Tom Smith.
Vapor Wake Dogs Are Advancing Gameday Bomb Detection
by Paul Steinbach September 2015
The Chicago Cubs had already shut out the visiting San Francisco Giants, 2-0, on Aug. 9 when postgame stragglers were ordered to evacuate Wrigley Field. Chicago Police, who reportedly receive dozens of bomb threats every week, got word that Wrigley had been targeted and swarmed the ballpark with officers. Only after bomb-sniffing dogs had their run of the grounds was an "all clear" issued.
Four Arrested in Connection with Assault at 49ers Game
by Matt Barrows, The Sacramento Bee September 2015
Police announced Friday they had arrested three men and a 17-year-old woman in connection to a parking lot fight following Monday’s 49ers game during which a Vikings fan was kicked and punched after falling to the ground. The incident was caught on video.
How Metal Detectors Provide a Safer College Football Environment
by Stuart Goldman September 2015
It was the biggest football game of the year in Boise, Idaho. Brigham Young University was in town to play the Boise State Broncos before a capacity crowd on the famous blue turf at Albertsons Stadium. The nationally televised game on ESPN came on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, with a 7 p.m. kickoff, saddling BSU athletic and security teams with the unenviable task of getting all 36,752 fans — the second-largest crowd in school history — through new metal detectors in a timely fashion.
Hundreds of Bears Fans Not Grasping NFL Purse Rule
by Frank Main August 2015
Bears fans are still getting flagged for penalties as the result of a 2013 National Football League rule change banning big purses and other bags that many don't seem to be aware of.
How the Modern Command Center Is Improving Security at Sporting Events
by Dennis Van Milligen August 2015
The Oakland Raiders are most commonly associated with deceased owner Al Davis, the man famous for the phrase, "Just win, baby." In this century, winning has been hard to come by for the Raiders, who have posted five or fewer victories in 10 of the past 12 seasons, including a three-year stretch from 2006 to 2008 in which they won 11 games combined. While the team on the field was anything but elite during that time, it was the team behind the scenes, specifically within its command center, that was developing into the envy of other NFL franchises.
BYU: Lessons Learned in Wake of Miami Bowl Brawl
by Jeff Call July 2015
During spring practice last March, coach Bronco Mendenhall said "10-ish" players would be disciplined for their role in the fight. He added that possible suspensions likely wouldn't be announced until the week of the season-opener at Nebraska on Sept. 5.
Best Practices Guide Will Define How to Improve High School Security
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015
The numbers don't lie. More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.