Safety & Security: Event Security
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
- Ensuring Safe Venues Starts with Event Staff Screening
by 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.
- Drones Causing Chaos at Sporting Events Worldwide
by Andrew Brandt October 2014
If you've recently attended a major sporting event and seen something moving in the sky, it may have been a bird or a plane.
But it also may have been a drone.
- Chicago Marathon Officials Preparing for Ebola Threat
by Michael Gaio October 2014
Organizing an open-access event comes with plenty of challenges. There’s coordinating the logistics, finding sponsors, and of course, organizing security to keep participants and fans safe.
- Integrating Entrance-Screening Technology in High Schools
by September 2014
Last February, New Hanover (N.C.) High School escaped a second-round upset bid by Knightdale in the boys' basketball playoffs courtesy of a last-second shot that broke a 53-53 tie, but that wasn't the only drama associated with this hotly contested game. Spectators entering the game had to go through a metal detector, a move that was necessitated by a 15-year-old student bringing a .22 caliber handgun to New Hanover's first-round game against Ashley High School. The walkthrough metal detector was set up shortly before the game, replacing police offers using handheld detectors. As New Hanover athletic director Keith Moore told StarNews of Wilmington, "I'd rather be safe than sorry."
- Incident Management Systems Protect Facility and Spectator
by Scott Meyers August 2014
Responding in a timely manner before an incident escalates or has a significant impact on the safety and security of spectators is a key concern for all athletic facility managers. Common incidents at sporting events that require swift action include fights, medical and maintenance issues, and spectator complaints. During a typical major college football game, there can be as many as 200 incidents reported — anything from toilets overflowing to fan ejections.