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.
- 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.
- Columnist Suffers Broken Leg After Court Storming
by 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 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.
- Best Practices Guide Addresses High School Security Concerns
by Dennis Van Milligen October 2015
More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletic administrator tasked with providing a safe environment, the stakes have never been higher.
- Survey Reveals Security Practices at Public Rec Centers
by Paul Steinbach September 2015
In May 2013, the City of Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation released a report titled "Safety in Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Centers." The 15-member commission's work was spurred by a spate of security-related incidents — ranging from shootings and robberies to trespassing and vandalism — in the city's rec facilities during the summer of 2011.
- Family Seeks Compensation for Son’s Splash-Pad Burns
by Jason Scott September 2015
The family of one-year-old Greyson Pelvin is seeking compensation from the town of Halton Hills, Ont., after the child burned his feet stepping on a hot metal grate near a splash pad.
- Feral Hogs Invade Texas High School Football Field
by Jason Scott August 2015
A pack of feral hogs is causing trouble at Liberty High School near Houston, Tex.
- How the Modern Command Center Is Improving Security at Sporting Events
by Dennis Van Milligen August 2015
The Oakland Raiders are most commonly associated with deceased owner Al Davis, the man famous for the phrase, "Just win, baby." In this century, winning has been hard to come by for the Raiders, who have posted five or fewer victories in 10 of the past 12 seasons, including a three-year stretch from 2006 to 2008 in which they won 11 games combined. While the team on the field was anything but elite during that time, it was the team behind the scenes, specifically within its command center, that was developing into the envy of other NFL franchises.