• 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.

  • Court Storming Sparks Hallway Melee at Utah State

    by Paul Steinbach March 2019

    Was it an upset worthy of storming the court? Was it even an upset in the first place?

  • Man Arrested for Threatening AD and Superintendent

    by Andy Berg February 2019

    A man has been arrested after threatening a high school superintendent and athletic director in profanity-laced voicemails related to alleged racist jeering at a basketball game.

  • Northwestern Silences Loud Student Fan 'The Shrieker'

    by Paul Steinbach January 2019

    Emily Harriott is a senior at Northwestern University boasting a 3.9 grade-point average, but it's her presence outside the classroom that has caught much attention. Too much attention.