• Milwaukee Brewers Ban Multi-Compartment Bags

    by Andy Berg July 2019

    The Milwaukee Brewers are laying down new guidelines around what types of bags can be brought into Miller Park.

  • Report: Govt. Nixed Security Support at Final Four

    by Andy Berg July 2019

    A report issued early Thursday morning by the Los Angeles Times suggests that the Trump Administration’s gutting of various programs aimed at defending against terrorist attacks may have left this year’s Final Four vulnerable.

  • Clear-Bag Policies the Clear Choice for High Schools?

    by Paul Steinbach July 2019

    Nineteen school districts in South Carolina have imposed clear-bag policies at their sporting events, following the trend of NFL stadiums and most colleges — including the University of South Carolina and Clemson, per SEC and ACC rules. Beaufort County is considering whether to become the 20th school district to implement such a policy — but not without some debate.

  • Why Venues Should Monitor Social Media

    by Andy Berg June 2019

    For a venue operator, social media is a two-way street. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram represent an efficient way to facilitate engagement with fans by communicating everything from promotions to special instructions on game day. Likewise, these pervasive channels represent a powerful way to anticipate potential trouble by monitoring individual and group comments in the days and weeks leading up to an event, and even during it.

  • Iowa State AD Assesses Risks, Rewards of Fan Rushes

    by Paul Steinbach April 2019

    When the Iowa State University football team defeated West Virginia last season, it cost the visiting Mountaineers their No. 6 ranking. It also cost Iowa State $25,000.

  • Garth Brooks Concert Tests Logistics at The Swamp

    by Paul Steinbach April 2019

    It was the first time The Swamp had hosted a concert in a quarter-century, and a Saturday night appearance by Garth Brooks gave the University of Florida's football stadium operators all they could handle. The scene served as a reminder that crowd dynamics may vary depending on the type of event taking place in a venue.

  • Notre Dame Implements Metal Detectors at All Events

    by Andy Berg April 2019

    Notre Dame is stepping up its defense this year, announcing Thursday that it will begin using metal detectors at all ticketed events.

  • Justin Seuser Shares Dual Perspective as AD, Official

    by Paul Steinbach April 2019

    Mike McCarthy made headlines months after being fired from the Green Bay Packers sidelines when in February the former NFL head coach berated a crew of high school basketball officials as they exited a gym in Pulaski, Wis. It was the latest video evidence of the type of verbal abuse that has caused the average official to quit the job within three years of starting, leading to a nationwide shortage of officials and prompting state athletic associations to attempt to quell fan rage through "Cool It!" campaigns. Justin Seuser has seen it firsthand from multiple angles — as athletic director at Buhler (Kan.) High School and as a collegiate basketball official. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked for Seuser's perspective on both professions and the problem of fan behavior.

  • Dodger Stadium Assault Leaves Man in Critical Condition

    by Andy Berg April 2019

    Fan violence at professional sporting events continues to be a problem, particularly at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. 

  • Mountain West: Court Storming Didn't Cause Incident

    by Paul Steinbach March 2019

    The Mountain West Conference has concluded that altercations on and off the court Saturday following Utah State's victory over then-No. 12 Nevada in men's basketball resulted from the actions of individuals representing both programs and not the fans who rushed the floor at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.