Safety & Security: Event Security
- Terrorism Suspected in Manchester Arena Attack
by Kim Hjelmgaard and Melanie Eversley May 2017
At least 50 people were injured in an attack that killed at least 19 people and sent thousands of terrified concert-goers running for the exits as chaos unfolded in a Manchester arena.
- 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.
- Explosions Rock German Soccer Club's Bus, One Injured
by Martin Meissner April 2017
Police said they were working on the assumption that the blasts were directed at the Dortmund team and caused by "serious explosive devices," which may have been hidden in a hedge near a car park.
- Boston Marathon to Be Surveyed by Drone Technology
by Chris Villani April 2017
A pair of tethered drones built by a local company will hover over the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton for the first time as part of a high-tech security plan targeting low-tech terror attacks.
- Can Russia Curb Soccer-Related Violence at World Cup?
by Martin Rogers March 2017
Gangs of Russian antagonists continue to proliferate just 15 months before the country hosts the FIFA World Cup.
- 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.
- 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.