• Doctor Warns of Risks Posed by Fans Pointing Lasers

    by Martin Rogers, USA TODAY Sports October 2014

    As the NFL investigates complaints from the Buffalo Bills that quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt had a laser pointer aimed at their eyes by someone in the crowd in Detroit, a top ophthalmologist warned of the potential damage such devices can cause.

  • NFL Game Shines Light on Laser Pointer Security Issue

    by Jay Skurski, News sports reporter October 2014

    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.

  • Police Staffing Rec Centers Armed with Guns, Vests, Radios

    by Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist October 2014

    Officers assigned to Philadelphia's Police Athletic League Centers are now required to wear bulletproof vests, topped by polo shirts embroidered with their names and tucked into cargo pants adorned with guns, cuffs, radios and such.

  • Cavs Lift Ban on Fan Who Approached LeBron on Court

    by From staff and wire reports September 2014

    LeBron James came back. One of his biggest fans has returned, too. James Blair, banned by the Cleveland Cavaliers after he ran onto the floor in Quickens Loans Arena during a 2013 game against Miami, is again permitted inside the building.

  • Student Arrested for Bringing Gun to High School Game

    by Luanne Rife, September 2014

    A James River High School student was arrested Friday night when he brought a loaded handgun to the football game, the sheriff's office said.

  • Integrating Entrance-Screening Technology in High Schools

    by Dennis Van Milligen 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."

  • Car Break-Ins, Accidents, DWIs Surround Bills' Opener

    by Lou Michel, News Staff Reporter September 2014

    A series of automobile break-ins, hit-and-run accidents involving alcohol and drunken fans kept police busy before, during and after the Buffalo Bills' home opener Sunday in Orchard Park, authorities said.

  • Stadium's Life Safety Items Miss First-Game Deadline

    by Jeremiah Johnke September 2014

    bkm Head: East football opener to be played at South By Jeremiah Johnke CHEYENNE - The first game at the new Okie Blanchard Sports Complex will have to wait a week. Instead, Cheyenne East will face Casper Natrona County in a rematch of the 2013 Class 4A state championship game Friday at Cheyenne South's Bison Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

  • 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.