Safety & Security: Facility Security
- Major League Soccer to Increase Security at Stadiums
by Stuart Goldman April 2016
Major League Soccer (MLS) announced Tuesday it is elevating security measures at all 20 stadiums with a new bag policy and screening measures.
- Arrests at Soldier Field Expose Possible Security Risks
by Dan Mihalopoulos April 2016
Security was on heightened alert as 62,483 fans packed Soldier Field to see the Bears play the Denver Broncos last Nov. 22 - nine days after a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris claimed 130 lives. At the stadium gates, the Chicago Police Department made two arrests that a Cook County judge now says exposed "the possibility of a massive tragedy." The incident involved three undercover police officers deployed to prevent potential "homeland security issues" and two employees of Monterrey Security Consultants Inc., the clout-heavy security company that guards Soldier Field.
- Emanuel Compromises on Wrigley Security Measure
by Fran Spielman April 2016
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has twice slammed the door on the Cubs' request to shut down Addison and Clark on game days at Wrigley Field, but that doesn't mean there won't be any changes in the name of ballpark security. City Hall sources disclosed Wednesday that the mayor has quietly agreed to widen the sidewalks along Addison Street and install barriers to prevent vehicles from getting close to the stadium. The city has already installed concrete barricades to temporarily extend the sidewalk onto Addison St. as part of a pilot project.
- Vandalism Leads to Security Cameras at Park
by Leann Eckroth April 2016
Camera security, costing nearly $2,000, will be installed at Mandan Eagles Park and the universal playground, after vandals caused some $5,000 in damage there in March. The Mandan Park Board Monday awarded the contract to Green Light Systems.
- Officials Urge Fans to Arrive Early for Security Checks
by Maudlyne Ihejirika April 2016
Security in the age of terrorism will mean longer waits for fans at metal-detector lines to enjoy America's pastime, Chicago officials warned Tuesday. With season openings approaching at the city's two ballparks, representatives from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox management are urging fans to change game-day habits and arrive at parks much earlier.
- Suicide Bombing Kills 41 at Iraq Soccer Stadium
by Stuart Goldman March 2016
A suicide bombing at a soccer stadium in Iraq killed 41 and injured 105 last Friday, according to multiple reports.
- Raccoon Breaks into Steinbrenner Field
by David K. Li March 2016
This masked bandit risked his life trying to sneak a peek at the Yankees on Sunday, but don't worry - he's safe! The raccoon scaled the backstop at the Bombers' preseason home at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., and survived a frightening fall from the top of the barrier. A stadium worker in a cherry picker (pictured) tried to coax the critter into coming down, but the animal lost its grip and plummeted about 40 feet to the ground. Luckily, the raccoon was able to just walk it off, scurrying down the right-field line and exiting the stadium.
- Columnist Suffers Broken Leg After Court Storming
by Takara Scott-Johnston December 2015
A Des Moines Register reporter was caught in the action as Iowa State fans stormed the court after beating in-state rival Iowa in Ames Thursday night. According to the Des Moines Register, Randy Peterson suffered a compound fracture to his tibia and fibula after possibly tangling legs with another attendee during the chaos.
- Pilot Project to Improve Child Protection at Winnipeg Facilities
by Takara Scott-Johnston November 2015
The city of Winnipeg, Man., is partnering with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection on a pilot project to limit predators’ access to children at city facilities. The aim of this project is to prevent children from being molested or illegally videotaped while enjoying public facilities by training staff to identify hidden digital devices. It will also help employees recognize unusual behavior, who to report it to, and how to intervene.
- 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.