Safety & Security: Event Security
- Group Objects to Police at High School Games
by Jeremy P. Kelley February 2016
Tuesday's heated Dayton school board meeting was focused on two $5,000 contracts, but spotlighted a larger issue - the strained relationship between black residents and local law enforcement agencies. The group Racial Justice Now, which is active in school issues, asked Dayton Public Schools to cancel its contracts with Dayton police and the Montgomery County sheriff to monitor high school games and events. "We can appreciate the idea of protecting young people and other community members," RJN's statement read. "However, where we disagree is that the police provides that 'protection,' especially in low-income black communities."
- Outsourcing Event Security Brings Challenges, Advantages
by Paul Steinbach February 2016
Salim Toorabally had his suspicions. While working a turnstile at Stade de France on Nov. 13, Toorabally noticed an individual loitering near the gate. Then, that same individual began a hasty entrance on the heels of a fan heading for the stadium and a soccer exhibition between France and Germany. Toorabally instinctively slipped an arm in front of the suspicious-looking man, who explained that his cousin was supposed to bring a ticket to him but hadn't arrived yet. Toorabally denied him entrance, then waved others past his security post as he continued to keep an eye on the young, slender man in the dark jacket.
- Massive Security Presence at Super Bowl a Team Effort
by Brent Schrotenboer February 2016
A few steps inside the stadium entrance at Super Bowl 50, a uniformed member of the U.S. National Guard watched the crowd with a machine gun strapped around his chest.
- Ticket Reseller Ups Security to Spot Counterfeits
by Elizabeth Weise February 2016
A single ticket to Super Bowl 50 can go for as much as $25,000, making the thin strips of paper worth far more than their weight in platinum. That's why ticket reseller StubHub employs armed guards, forensic ticket inspectors and rents a vault for the four days it will have thousands of them in its possession.
- Police Investigate Chokehold Incident at Football Game
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
Police in Arlington, Texas, have begun an investigation after an incident at Thursday’s Cowboys-Panthers game. An AT&T Stadium security guard was filmed putting a Panthers fan in a chokehold while attempting to escort the fan out.
The fan, John Small, alleges that he did nothing wrong. Smalls stated, "He jumped up on my back, put his arm around my throat and tried to pull me to the ground.”
- Vapor Wake Dogs Are Advancing Gameday Bomb Detection
by Paul Steinbach November 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.