• Excessive Drinking at Baseball Game Concerns Fans

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    The home opener for any baseball team and their fans is an exciting game to kick off the new season. However, for the Toronto Blue Jays, excitement has given way to excessive drinking and an aggressive atmosphere that has many Jays fans thinking twice before purchasing tickets.

  • How to Protect Against Rioting at Your College

    by Dennis Van Milligen April 2015

    Joe Monroe, chief of police at the University of Kentucky, has gotten used to protecting the streets of Lexington from rioting fans. He's had to do so frequently over the past few years as the school's men's basketball team, led by head coach John Calipari, has made four Final Four appearances the past five years. Last Saturday night, after the previously undefeated Wildcats were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Wisconsin, fans took to the streets of Lexington (yet again). Monroe and his campus police team (yet again) had to protect the community and keep the peace in collaboration with city police. Monroe, who teaches special-event planning for NCS4 and Texas A&M, shares his experiences while providing advice to other campus safety professionals in this Gameday Security exclusive interview:

  • Blog: Madison Prepares for the Best, and Worst, Tonight

    by Dennis Van Milligen April 2015

    There was never any doubt that chaos would reign supreme across the streets of Lexington, but those that bleed Kentucky blue (and many that don't) expected that chaos to come tonight after Kentucky completed its perfect season with a victory over Duke. Instead, that time frame was accelerated to Saturday night when John Calipari's McDonald's All-Americans fell to Bo Ryan's Wisconsin team 71-64 in the NCAA men's basketball national semifinal.

  • Police Brace for Potential Dayton Win with Extra Officers

    by Jessica Heffner March 2015

    For two nights in a row, about 20 additional Dayton police officers were assigned to the campus to supplement the university officers as students celebrated St. Patrick's Day and the Flyers' first win against Boise State...

  • In Arizona, Scaled-Back Plans to Quell Postgame Mobs

    by Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star March 2015

    Tuscon city council was set to impose strict new rules on unruly crowds, but dropped the plan Monday after protesters complained the restrictions were too broad, questioning how they could be applied to peaceful protests.

  • Video: Gameday Security, a New Brand from Athletic Business

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Just what is Gameday Security? Who does it reach? What topics are covered? As we launch this new brand, we answer all those questions in this video.

  • Dayton Preps Against Dangerous NCAA Celebrations

    by Katherine Wright March 2015

    University of Dayton officials said they are taking serious precautions in preparation for St. Patrick's Day and upcoming postseason NCAA basketball games next week after two years of celebrations that turned dangerous on campus.

  • Student: 'Fire Kelley' Banner Caused Ejection from Arena

    by BRANDI JEWETT Forum News Service March 2015

    According to REA General Manager Jody Hodgson, The security staff made the decision to confiscate the sign because they didn't think it was compliant with the arena's policy on banners and signs.

  • 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.

  • 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.