Safety & Security: Event Security
- Ohio State's New Beer, Bag Policies Take Effect
by Kaitlin Fochesato September 2016
Ohio State did not hire extra security for the opening game, but it did provide more training for staff members, said Ben Johnson, a university spokesman.All employees selling the new beverage were required to check IDs for every purchase, Johnson said. About $600,000 from the beer profits will pay for four new full-time Ohio State police officers. Another $50,000 will be dedicated over the next two years to fund research.
- Police May Boycott 49ers Amid Kaepernick Protest
by Jason Green September 2016
The Santa Clara police union says its officers may stop working San Francisco 49ers’ home games amid quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest police brutality and racial injustice by refusing to stand during the national anthem, according to media reports.
- Lawsuit: Unfair to Use LA Police as Stadium Security
by Dakota Smith September 2016
The battle over who should pay for security costs at Los Angeles Rams games escalated Wednesday as the city of Los Angeles was hit with a lawsuit over the use of police officers at National Football League events. Former Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine and Hollywood resident James Bibeau filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the city and Police Chief Charlie Beck in Los Angeles Superior Court that alleges unauthorized use of Los Angeles Police Department resources at Rams games. The LAPD isn't being compensated for security at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the department is too short-staffed to provide
- NYPD: Expect More Security at U.S. Open
by Scott Eidler August 2016
More NYPD officers and a larger U.S. Open security force are patrolling at the newly renovated Flushing facility with officials citing terrorist attacks in Europe for the added vigilance. On the venerable tennis tournament's opening day of competition, fans entering the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center saw more security as well the results of an ongoing facility face-lift. The NYPD has deployed more officers from its Counter Terrorism Unit and a Critical Response Command, formed last year after the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
- Opinion: Security Concerns Ever-Present
by firstname.lastname@example.org August 2016
Presumably all the athletes, families and fans that want to be are safely out of Brazil. Whew! A sign of our times is that what doesn't happen on any given day is more significant than what does happen. Like, terrorists didn't blow up anything during the Rio Olympics.
- Reported Robbery Puts Damper on Rio Olympics
by Christine Brennan August 2016
The tenuous relationship between this beautiful but troubled city and the Summer Olympic Games took a turn for the worse Sunday when U.S. gold medalist Ryan Lochte said robbers posing as police pointed a gun at his head and took his money, while three other U.S. swimmers with him were forced to lie on the ground by their assailants and also were robbed. Suddenly, the 2016 Olympics had changed dramatically. A week of conversation about green pool water and lost buses seemed almost quaint compared to what was now going to come:
- Speedway Officials Preparing Fans for College Football
by Jeff Birchfield Johnson City Press August 2016
Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell encourages fans to get their battle plans ready for college football’s biggest game ever. At a Friday press conference, Caldwell and other officials pointed out some key differences between attending a NASCAR race at BMS and the upcoming Pilot/Flying J Battle at Bristol football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.
- Intense Security Impacts Olympic Attendance
by Genaro C.Aramas August 2016
Olympic athletes have been competing in near-empty venues and before thin crowds in other locations during the opening days of the Rio Games — a problem that can be traced to long security lines, traffic and a lack of familiarity with some sports.
- 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.