Safety & Security: Event Security
- Virginia Football Team Reflects on Weekend Violence
by David Hall August 2017
Second-year Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall urged his players to avoid knee-jerk reactions to the racially motivated violence that left three dead...
- Two Dead in Stampede as Fans Enter Soccer Match
by Andy Berg July 2017
A soccer match in South Africa turned deadly over the weekend after a stampede ensued while fans were entering the 87,000-seat FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
The match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs was eventually played but not before two people died and 17 people were injured, one critically, when people pushed their way through stadium gates.
Public safety official Michael Sun tweeted sympathies over the fatalities and noted that all the gates to the stadium were open to ensure crowd safety.
ABC News reported that the disruption that caused the crush was the result of people selling fake tickets outside the stadium.
@blacklabelsa CUP STATEMENT: We are saddened by the fatalities this afternoon due to a number of people attempting to push through the gates— Orlando Pirates FC (@Orlando_Pirates) July 29, 2017
The match was eventually played, and the Chiefs won 1-0.
The BBC reports that the Pirates and Chiefs are no strangers to these kinds of accidents. In April of 2001, the two teams saw 43 fans die in a crush during a match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Ten years prior, 42 people died in a stampede between the same two teams at Oppenheimer Stadium in the city of Orkney.
Formerly called Soccer City Stadium, FNB Stadium has a long history. Nelson Mandela gave his famous speech there after being released from prison in 1990. The venue was later rebuilt for the 2010 World Cup and was the site of the final that year between Spain and the Netherlands.
- Congressional Baseball Game Marks Unity Following Shooting
by Ledyard King June 2017
Republicans and Democrats took the field for their annual charity baseball game at Nationals Park Thursday, a day after a shooting rampage left a wounded colleague fighting for survival.
- Attacks Won't Keep NFL, Other Sports from London
by Dave George June 2017
The London Bridge terror attacks of Saturday night didn't stop the massing of fans for matches in that city and in others across the United Kingdom.
- Stampede at Italian Soccer Game Injures 1,500 Plus
by Spokesman Review June 2017
More than 1,500 people were injured when panic swept through a crowd of Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in a piazza in the northern Italian city of Turin, authorities said Sunday.
- MLB Mulls Harsher Penalties for Fan Behavior
by Courtney Cameron May 2017
Major League Baseball officials will be entering into a planned discussion to hash out the parameters of potential stadium policy changes meant to check unruly fans.
- Notable Events in the Evolution of Sports Venue Security
by AB Staff May 2017
The emotional zeal that grips fans is a hallmark of sports culture, driving both high-energy celebrations and violent altercations — and everything in between. Fan behavior has always been a top issue for sports security professionals, but as the sports environment has evolved, it's been joined by a host of other threats. The events of 9/11 proved a wakeup call across the country, prompting individual sports venues to take a closer look at their security policies and driving league- and organization-wide reforms.
- Angry Neighbor Brings Rifle to Youth Baseball Game
by Jason Scott April 2017
An Ohio man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly threatened a youth baseball game with a high-powered rifle.
- Study: There Is a ‘P’ in Pool (75 Liters of It)
by Courtney Cameron March 2017
A recent study from the University of Alberta, Edmonton offers definitive proof that a significant volume of urine is present in public pools – suggesting not only the occasional accident, but the regular practice of using the water to disguise bodily function.
- Preparing for Demonstrations and Civil Disturbances
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
Commercial sporting events, pre-equipped with large crowds and widespread media coverage, have become a popular venue for First Amendment expression. As interest groups begin to see the advantage of staging a public protest in someone else's spotlight, events officials as well as law enforcement have their work cut out trying to maintain their grasp on peace and safety, while at the same time being careful not to tread on constitutional rights. With an eye toward planned demonstrations, as well as other, more predictable disturbances, security teams are pursuing tactics such as looking further ahead, keeping in close communications with law enforcement and attempting to prepare for every possible disruption.