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.
NFL Game Shines Light on Laser Pointer Security Issue
Laser-gate is over as far as Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is concerned. A day after he complained to referees about someone in the crowd at Ford Field shining a laser pointer at his team, Marrone said Monday he's "handed off" the issue to team President Russ Brandon to handle at the league level. read more
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."