Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
Excessive Drinking at Baseball Game Concerns Fans
by Laura Godlewski April 2015
The home opener for any baseball team and their fans is an exciting game to kick off the new season. However, for the Toronto Blue Jays, excitement has given way to excessive drinking and an aggressive atmosphere that has many Jays fans thinking twice before purchasing tickets.
How to Protect Against Rioting at Your College
by Dennis Van Milligen April 2015
Joe Monroe, chief of police at the University of Kentucky, has gotten used to protecting the streets of Lexington from rioting fans. He's had to do so frequently over the past few years as the school's men's basketball team, led by head coach John Calipari, has made four Final Four appearances the past five years. Last Saturday night, after the previously undefeated Wildcats were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Wisconsin, fans took to the streets of Lexington (yet again). Monroe and his campus police team (yet again) had to protect the community and keep the peace in collaboration with city police. Monroe, who teaches special-event planning for NCS4 and Texas A&M, shares his experiences while providing advice to other campus safety professionals in this Gameday Security exclusive interview:
Man Stung Nearly 400 Times by Bees at Baseball Game
by Alex Cabrero Deseret News March 2015
The 89-year-old man was watching a baseball game at Elks Field with his family when, seemingly out of left field, those bees started swarming.
Video: Gameday Security, a New Brand from Athletic Business
by AB Staff March 2015
Just what is Gameday Security? Who does it reach? What topics are covered? As we launch this new brand, we answer all those questions in this video.
Rec and Parks Manager Critically Injured by Falling Tree
by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015
A recreation and parks manager in San Francisco is in critical condition after being hit by a falling tree on Tuesday in the Bayview district, reports CBS San Francisco.
Editorial: In Defense of Court Celebrations
by Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas) March 2015
Schools and their students should take greater care to ensure the time-honored tradition of storming the court after a particularly significant win over a traditional rival or national power is conducted as safely as possible, and is done as a celebration rather than an opportunity to demean the opponent.
Court-Storming: Is There Even a Solution?
by Mike Sielski; Inquirer Columnist February 2015
The more rules and regulations you impose, the more opportunities to exploit them develop, and the harder those rules and regulations become to enforce.
Concern Grows in Wake of K-State Court-Storming
by Nicole Auerbach and Eric Prisbell, USA Today February 2015
Though policies related to fans storming the court are determined on an individual school and/or conference level, there seems to be momentum building to consider changes -- whatever they might be -- in the aftermath of an ugly scene following the Kansas-Kansas State game Monday in Manhattan, Kan.
Survivors: Police Made Stadium Entrance a Death Trap
by Sarah El Deeb February 2015
Survivors described it as a corridor of death: a narrow route of high, chain-link security fences and barbed wire that thousands of soccer fans were filing through before entering the stadium to watch their team play.
Officials: Dozens Dead in Riot at Egyptian Soccer Match
by Associated Press February 2015
At least 25 people were killed Sunday in a riot outside of a major soccer game in Egypt that included a stampede and fighting between police and fans.