Safety & Security: Spectator Safety
- Preparing for Demonstrations and Civil Disturbances
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
Commercial sporting events, pre-equipped with large crowds and widespread media coverage, have become a popular venue for First Amendment expression. As interest groups begin to see the advantage of staging a public protest in someone else's spotlight, events officials as well as law enforcement have their work cut out trying to maintain their grasp on peace and safety, while at the same time being careful not to tread on constitutional rights. With an eye toward planned demonstrations, as well as other, more predictable disturbances, security teams are pursuing tactics such as looking further ahead, keeping in close communications with law enforcement and attempting to prepare for every possible disruption.
- Wash. Reps Work to End Stadium Gun Ban
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
Republican legislators for Washington state have proposed a new bill which, if passed, would end the ban on concealed firearms inside public sporting venues. The bill, supported by representatives Matt Shea, David Taylor and Bob McCaslin, is expected to be introduced during the January legislative session.
- Expanding Security Awareness in High School Athletics
by Emily Attwood December 2016
Alcohol sales, terrorist threats, public transportation schedules. These are among major security issues on the radar for many professional and collegiate athletic venues, but not high schools, at least not yet. High school athletics come with a unique list of security concerns, but the spotlight on security at higher levels — even topics not particularly germane to prep sporting events — have been a boon to high school security efforts.
- Former Student Sues Over 2014 Bleacher Collapse
by Jason Scott November 2016
A former student at Sun Prairie (Wis.) High School has sued the Sun Prairie Area School District claiming the district was negligent in maintaining football stadium bleachers.
- Death Brings New Scrutiny to HS Sideline Restrictions
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
Recent events and a history of near-misses has high schools taking a hard look at their sideline regulations and who really needs to be standing there. During a game last month between Scranton (Ohio) Prep and Valley View, coach and statistician Anthony Cantafio of Scranton Prep fell and hit his head on an asphalt track circling the field when a Valley View football player was run out of bounds. He was rendered unconscious and later died from the injury.
- Fan's Fall from Railing at Mile High Proves Fatal
by Paul Steinbach October 2016
A fan who fell from a stairway railing at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Monday has died. Jason Coy, 36, fell an estimated 60 feet shortly after the conclusion of Monday night’s NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.
- Product Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces
by Paul Steinbach September 2016
These products appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
Accella Polyurethane Systems
Accella Polyurethane Systems recently launched Tru-Motion™ custom flooring solutions for the athletic, play-safety and multipurpose markets. Products include indoor multipurpose surfaces, playground safety surfaces and outdoor running tracks. The holistic set of solutions combines years of technical expertise to deliver high-quality products that perform consistently from the laboratory to each installation site. Accella Polyurethane Systems' distinguished customer support ensures efficient, successful installation of each unique Tru-Motion application.
Colorado Time Systems
Since 1972, Colorado Time Systems has provided premier facilities with top-quality timing, scoring and display solutions. The company has a timing system for almost every sport, including swimming, basketball, football, baseball, track and soccer. With a full line of video and LED numeric scoreboards, Colorado Time Systems is the system of choice for top universities and high schools around the country.
Made from rapidly renewable materials, ProTraxx is a durable and resilient track surface designed for safe, comfortable and injury-free training and competition. Its waffle-like base layer provides a shock-absorbing surface that reduces muscle fatigue and uniform performance. The highly weather-resistant, durable material also provides excellent traction with its non-slip texture.
Eco Chemical™, the original manufacturer of removable synthetic turf paint, has developed TempLine™ Premium Grass paint for natural grass. Sold in 5-gallon pails as a concentrate, this new product is formulated to raise the standard for appearance and durability, without harming grass plants or breaking the budget. Premium Grass stays on the field and off of uniforms.
Kay Park-Recreation Corp.
Speedy Bleacher 108 is a folding and highway-towable seating solution by Kay Park. The versatile and economical unit seats 108 people and features seven rows, an aisle and a handrail. Equipped with an electric folding mechanism and telescoping tongue, it can be easily towed by a conventional vehicle and erected in just a few minutes by one person. The 27-foot-long, 9-foot-high Speedy Bleacher meets safety codes.
PortaFloor is a strong, green and cost-effective temporary sport and event flooring system. It is specifically designed to cover and protect grass or turf for rapid turn outdoor events and can be used for temporary tent flooring or when additional heavy support is needed. The rollable functionality of PortaFloor allows for footprint flexibility and easy configuration and creates an easy-to-reuse option for stadium surfacing.
For more than 40 years, SMG has been a leading manufacturer of equipment for the installation and maintenance of synthetic turf fields and running tracks. SMG Equipment offers a complete line of turf maintenance equipment, including drag brushes, ground-driven tow-behind sweepers, tractor-mounted PTO-drive sweepers, and the top-of-the-line SMG SportChamp.
See more of these types of products in the September issue of Athletic Business
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Athletic Business with the title "Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Surfaces"
- New MLS Stadiums Embrace Safe-Standing Areas
by Paul Steinbach September 2016
This article appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
- A Cohesive Approach to Vetting and Training Frontline Workers
by Elizabeth Voorhees July 2016
For an effective security plan to achieve its objectives, a qualified and trained event staff is essential. The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), in partnership with eVerifile, offers the Certified Sport Venue Staff (CSVS) certification, an online training and background screening program for frontline staff.
- 'Baseball Rule' Suffers Another Blow in Foul Ball Case
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio April 2016
This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.