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  • OSU Aftermath: Did Columbus Cops Warn About Gas?

    by Lucas Sullivan and Collin Binkley, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH January 2015

    Columbus police are expanding an investigation into the use of pepper spray on Ohio State University students and fans celebrating the football team's national championship, after a second Ohio news organization published video of the incident.

  • Minnesotans Against Idea of Sledding Ban in Parks

    by MARY LYNN SMITH; STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) January 2015

    Fearing potential lawsuits, a town in Iowa banned sledding in all but two of its 50 parks, news that has some Minnesotans shaking their heads and vowing not to put the skids on sledding.

  • City to Test Residents Near Tainted Park Used for Soccer

    by Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH January 2015

    Columbus Public Health plans to test residents near Saunders Park to determine whether they have high levels of arsenic, lead, mercury or other contaminants that have been found in soil at the park.

  • Carbon Monoxide Leak at Rink Sends 81 to Hospital

    by Andrew Brandt December 2014

    A carbon monoxide leak at a junior hockey game in Lake Delton, Wis., sent 81 people to the hospital Saturday night.

  • Understanding Crowds Key to Controlling Fan Violence

    by Tamara D. Madensen October 2014

    Managing crowd behavior is an inherently complex task, but understanding the basic principles that underlie individual decision-making gives us a significant advantage when designing and executing fan violence prevention efforts.

  • Man Injured in Fall from AT&T Stadium Stands

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    Unfortunately, we're writing about this topic once again.

  • 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.

  • Poll: Security Screening at Prep and College Games

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    More and more schools are following the lead of professional sports teams and investing in entrance screening technology. We want your opinion on the subject for an upcoming feature in Athletic Business.

  • Athletic Facility Evacuation And Emergency Planning Tips

    by Kevin Bryant July 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Sports Venue Safety, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire Sports Venue Safety digital issue here.

    The potential of a major incident at your facility can keep you up late at night. While it may seem futile and fruitless to work through incident scenarios in your mind, it is often the first step toward preparation, training and gaining the support necessary to handle any issue. In my career as a facility manager and athletic administrator, I have encountered a variety of real-life emergency scenarios, including:

  • Inside the 2014 NCS4 Conference

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2014

    The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security will hold its fifth annual conference in Indianapolis, July 8-10. This year's theme of "The Business of Sports Safety and Security" fits perfectly with the evolving landscape of athletic security, according to NCS4 director Lou Marciani: "The security function's role is now more than ever a business one, as security has become a core function of finance, law, marketing and operations."