Safety & Security: Facility Security
- Death of Toddler Raises Goal Post Safety Concerns
by Courtney Cameron May 2017
Over the weekend in Antioch, Tenn., two-year-old Melanie Rodriguez was killed by a soccer goal when it was blown over by a strong wind, landing on top of her. The accident has gotten people talking about the dangers of unsecured equipment.
- After Altercation, MLS Union Questions Security
by Anne M. Peterson April 2017
A day after Major League Soccer suspended Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard for an altercation with a fan, the MLS Players Union questioned security at Sporting Kansas City's stadium.
- Fired Trainer Kills Two Equinox Employees
by Courtney Cameron April 2017
On Sunday, Equinox gym sent an email to members confirming the deaths of three employees at their Merrick Park location in Coral Gables, Fla. The deaths were a result of injuries sustained in a fitness center shooting.
- Copper Thieves Turn Out the Lights at Sports Complex
by Jason Scott March 2017
Over the weekend, a Tulsa, Okla., sports complex was robbed of roughly 200 feet of copper wire, damaging the transformer and turning out the lights, making it difficult for the complex to accommodate the 130 youth soccer teams that use its facilities.
- SEC to Implement Conference-Wide Clear-Bag Policy
by Jason Scott March 2017
Following a unanimous approval vote from the league’s 14 athletic directors, the Southeastern Conference has announced that it will implement a clear-bag policy for the 2017 football season.
- Former Club Directors Arrested for Theft
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
On Friday, two former employees of the Mandeville, La., area Franco’s Athletic Club were arrested on charges of racketeering, theft, identity theft and money laundering.
- Man Locked Inside Gym Gets Banned for Life
by Jason Scott December 2016
An honest mistake seems to have resulted in one Massachusetts man losing his gym membership privileges — for life.
- Clear-Bag Policies Become Standard in College Athletics
by Emily Attwood November 2016
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- Making Food Defense Part of the Security Plan
by Marianne Elbertson November 2016
Imagine a college football game kicking off in the Midwest at 11 a.m. local time. Tens of thousands of fans are counting on stadium concessions for their lunchtime sustenance. Now imagine that food has been intentionally tampered with, and patrons are ingesting an unknown chemical agent. It will be several hours before the first symptoms of illness begin. By the time a connection can be drawn to stadium food service, thousands will have become ill. It may take several days, or even weeks, to pinpoint the source of the contamination.
- Billy Langenstein Discusses U.S. Bank Stadium Launch
by Paul Steinbach October 2016
Billy Langenstein got his start in the event-management game as a 15-year-old water boy at music venues in Philadelphia. He later spent five seasons with the Washington Nationals, ascending to director of event operations. Today, at age 28, he's SMG's director of events services for U.S. Bank Stadium, the newly minted home of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium will host more than 400 events a year — from weddings to concerts to college baseball games — all under a clear plastic roof and Langenstein's watch. On Vikings gamedays, he's ultimately responsible for everything from transportation and emergency response to the actions of thousands of security and guest-services personnel. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach caught up with Langenstein the morning after the Vikings had played their second home preseason game in four days.