Safety & Security: Facility Security
L.A. Fitness Lockdown Ends in Parking Lot Suicide
by Sandra Emerson August 2014
Redlands Police officers spent more than 17 hours in a standoff with a suicidal man in a gym parking lot, including overnight, before the crisis came to an end Thursday morning.
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.
Yankee Stadium's Metal Detectors See Mixed Reviews
by Will Sammon, Newsday August 2014
Upon entering Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Tom DeFonte looked at his young son and said, “Never again are we going through that gate.” DeFonte was referring to Gate 2, which is adjacent to left field, an entry point where two metal detectors were added for the first time. Many fans who showed up when the gate opened at 5:10 p.m. had to wait in a long line for what they said was 20 to 30 minutes longer than usual.
Quicker 'No Bag Express Lane' to Debut at Bucs' Stadium
by Tribune staff August 2014
Fans who are not carrying bags to Buccaneers games this season will be allowed to bypass the usual screening lines, allowing for faster access at Raymond James Stadium.
Live Camera Feed Helps Curb Crime in Seattle Skate Park
by Kip Hill firstname.lastname@example.org August 2014
Though city officials said they were unaware of the live camera, law enforcement are authorized to use surveillance cameras on property belonging to the city's Parks Department without notifying the city, according to a city ordinance related to drones passed last year.
Video: Guardian 8 Pro V2 Product Demo (Sponsored)
by AB Staff July 2014
Perfect for protecting your athletic facilities, the Guardian 8 Pro V2 is an enhanced non-lethal tool designed to deliver layered defense and incident recording to all security professionals. Join Nick Sundberg of the Washington Redskins as he learns how to use the device in this short video.
Planning, Training Key to Protecting Aquatic Venues
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014
Sean Sepela has spent most of his life around water — as a swimmer, certified lifeguard, swim coach, and currently as the aquatics operations manager at George Mason University. As Sepela has immersed himself deeper into the aquatics world, he has recognized the evolving challenges aquatic facilities are facing today compared to years past. "There are a lot more concerns today compared to when I first started," he says. "Those 'what-if' situations we simply thought about years ago must be evaluated, assessed and trained for to ensure the safety of our swimmers and the facility itself."
Tightening Front-Line Security in Stadiums, Arenas
by Paul Steinbach July 2014
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Sports Venue Safety, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.
Among the noteworthy numbers to emerge from Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey last February — along with 48 (the number of points racked up by the Seattle Seahawks) and 8 (the Denver Broncos' meager output) and 49 (the surprisingly agreeable game-time temperature) — was this lesser-known figure: 10. That was the reported number of arrests made at MetLife Stadium security checkpoints that day — most for disorderly conduct, drug possession or trespassing.
Protester Risks Life to Hang Banner at MLB All-Star Game
by Michael Gaio July 2014
By almost all accounts, last night's MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis was a success. The weather cooperated, the game was entertaining and Derek Jeter had his opportunity to shine in his farewell All-Star Game.
Tuesday Takedown: Talking Sports Safety at NCS4
by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014
I had the pleasure to travel down beautifully boring I-65 to Indianapolis last week for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security's annual conference, where the superheroes of the sports security world gathered to address the constantly evolving challenge of protecting its venues, athletes and spectators from new and old threats alike. Outside of the Athletic Business Conference & Expo, there is no other conference I look forward to attending more, and this year's show did not disappoint.