Safety & Security: Event Security
- Hockey Fans Decry Long Lines, Increased Security
by Andy Berg October 2017
In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, safety is on everyone’s minds. But isn’t there a balance between security and inconvenience?
That’s the question Minnesota State University hockey fans are asking after dealing with extremely long lines at the team’s season opener on Monday.
Fans attending the MSU game versus St. Cloud State at Mankato’s Verizon Wireless Center were apparently extremely frustrated with the length of the lines.
Kevin Buisman, MSU athletics director, told the Clinton Herald the problem was bad enough that he didn’t know how fans kept it together. "It was almost a paradox," Buisman told the Herald. "We're just lucky it didn't result in any mob mentality where people get frustrated to the point that they storm the doors or something."
Arena management apologized for the delay, saying the facility wasn’t ready for a capacity crowd and that security workers weren’t thoroughly trained to use metal-detecting wands.
The Verizon Wireless Center tried to get the word out that fans should expect longer lines, asking them to arrive earlier. Officials from MSU, the City of Mankato and the Verizon Wireless Center were set to meet Monday to discuss the problem.
Burt Lyman, Verizon Wireless Center director, told the Mankato, Minnesota Free Press that the shooting in Las Vegas was a game-changer. "Since the shooting in Las Vegas, we've had our three largest promoters — and actually the largest promoter in the country — say 'You'll have to have metal detectors and wands and possibly bomb-sniffing dogs or we won't be playing your building.' ”
- School District to Restrict Carry-Ins at Football Games
by Matt Bise October 2017
In what is being called a proactive measure that is part of an ongoing safety initiative, the Berkeley County School District piloted a "Clear Bag or No Bag" entry procedure...
- Police Investigate Threats Against MSU Sporting Events
by Courtney Cameron October 2017
East Lansing Police Lt. Chad Connelly announced Friday that the department is working with Michigan State University police as well as federal agencies to investigate threats targeting campus sporting events.
- Police Employ Pepper Spray to Disrupt Field Brawl
by Courtney Cameron September 2017
Visiting football team Canyon Springs of North Las Vegas had just won Basic High School's homecoming game, 20-15, Friday night in Henderson, Nev., when a fight broke out between players at midfield.
- Assistant Coach, Ref Engage in Fisticuffs Courtside
by Courtney Cameron September 2017
Youth basketball assistant coach George Edwards III was arrested under charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon Saturday night after a courtside fight broke out between Edwards and referee Travis Williams at the Hive Gym in Oklahoma City.
- Fight Leads to Stabbing at JV Football Game
by Jenna-Ley Harrison September 2017
North Charleston police responded to a stabbing Thursday during a junior varsity football game at Fort Dorchester High School, according to a report.
- Storm Damage May Force LSU-BYU Game to Relocate
by Jeff Call August 2017
The streets around NRG Stadium are flooded and NRG Park is set to be an emergency operations center. Meanwhle, Houston's two airports are closed to due the catastrophic conditions.
- Teen Arrested After Firing Stun Gun at HS Football Game
by Olivia Hitchcock August 2017
A West Palm Beach teen was arrested Friday night after reportedly firing a stun gun at a Park Vista High School football game.
- Virginia Football Team Reflects on Weekend Violence
by David Hall August 2017
Second-year Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall urged his players to avoid knee-jerk reactions to the racially motivated violence that left three dead...
- Two Dead in Stampede as Fans Enter Soccer Match
by Andy Berg July 2017
A soccer match in South Africa turned deadly over the weekend after a stampede ensued while fans were entering the 87,000-seat FNB stadium in Johannesburg.
The match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs was eventually played but not before two people died and 17 people were injured, one critically, when people pushed their way through stadium gates.
Public safety official Michael Sun tweeted sympathies over the fatalities and noted that all the gates to the stadium were open to ensure crowd safety.
ABC News reported that the disruption that caused the crush was the result of people selling fake tickets outside the stadium.
@blacklabelsa CUP STATEMENT: We are saddened by the fatalities this afternoon due to a number of people attempting to push through the gates— Orlando Pirates FC (@Orlando_Pirates) July 29, 2017
The match was eventually played, and the Chiefs won 1-0.
The BBC reports that the Pirates and Chiefs are no strangers to these kinds of accidents. In April of 2001, the two teams saw 43 fans die in a crush during a match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Ten years prior, 42 people died in a stampede between the same two teams at Oppenheimer Stadium in the city of Orkney.
Formerly called Soccer City Stadium, FNB Stadium has a long history. Nelson Mandela gave his famous speech there after being released from prison in 1990. The venue was later rebuilt for the 2010 World Cup and was the site of the final that year between Spain and the Netherlands.