Safety & Security: Event Security
- Spring Training Stadium Announces Metal Detectors
by Bill DiPaolo February 2017
"We want to make sure no guns or knives or long poles get through," said Mike Bauer, general manager of the 7,000-seat stadium in Abacoa.
- Charles Oakley Banned from MSG After Incident
by Brian Mahoney February 2017
Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the arena Friday, though said he was open to reconciling with the former Knicks forward.
- 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.
- Houston Police Prepare for Super Bowl Protests
by Christine Brennan February 2017
Keeping a Super Bowl safe is a Herculean task any year, and so it will be this week for a police chief and sheriff who expressed their concern Tuesday about Trump's surprise rollout of the executive order and their anticipation of protests because of it.
- Man Arrested After Bringing Gun to HS Basketball Game
by Jorge Milian January 2017
A Palm Beach Gardens man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly took gun onto a high school campus during a basketball game, according to a police report.
- Protesters Smuggled Climbing Gear Under Clothes
by Rochelle Olson January 2017
The Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who swung from the heights of U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday had tickets to the Vikings-Bears game and carried their gear into the building hidden under winter clothes.
- Soccer Fan Calls Police over Field Fight
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
On Sunday night, a spectator of a local soccer game in Waukesha, Wis., called the authorities after witnessing a physical fight break out between the players of opposing teams, according to a police report.
- Stadium Fight Leaves Football Fan in Critical Condition
by Jason Scott October 2016
A fight between football fans over the weekend left one man in critical condition with a severe brain injury.
- Baseball Fans Get a Little Too Close to the Action
by Stuart Goldman August 2016
Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games in Philadelphia and Cincinnati included fan interaction that got a little too close to the playing field.
In Philadelphia, home-plate umpire Bob Davidson appeared to eject a fan in the sixth inning for heckling. The fan reportedly kept repeating “You suck!” at Davidson during the game. According to a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Phillies, Davidson complained to security about the fan’s language, and when asked to leave, the fan obliged.
#Phillies spokesperson said Bob Davidson complained to security about fan's language and, when approached, fan agreed to leave on his own.— Aaron Bracy (@Aaron_Bracy) August 3, 2016
In a pool report after the game, Davidson said the fan used a homophobic slur toward him, prompting him to have the fan removed.
In Cincinnati, a Reds fan in the front row attempted to catch a foul ball in the seventh inning that Reds first baseman Joey Votto also was trying to catch. Neither Votto nor the fan made the catch, and when Votto realized it was a Reds fan who interfered with him, he looked at the Reds logo on the fan’s shirt, grabbed it, then walked away in disgust.
Votto received both praise and criticism on Twitter for his actions, but cooler heads prevailed. Votto wrote an apology on a baseball and had it delivered to the fan, and the two made amends.
The Votto-Reds fan interaction was not the best player-fan baseball moment this week. On Monday, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy recorded a franchise-record 16 strikeouts in a win at Tampa Bay. After the game, Duffy tossed his hat, which would have been perfect for the Royals Hall of Fame, to one lucky Royals fan in the stands. (Read more about the young fan in The Kansas City Star.)
- Cops Walk in Reaction to Lynx Players' Comments, Shirts
by Jason Scott July 2016
Reacting to comments and warm-up jerseys that denounced racial profiling and supported the Black Lives Matter movement, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers walked off their security posts at a Minnesota Lynx game Saturday.