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  • MLB Mulls Harsher Penalties for Fan Behavior

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    Major League Baseball officials will be entering into a planned discussion to hash out the parameters of potential stadium policy changes meant to check unruly fans.

  • Notable Events in the Evolution of Sports Venue Security

    by AB Staff May 2017

    The emotional zeal that grips fans is a hallmark of sports culture, driving both high-energy celebrations and violent altercations — and everything in between. Fan behavior has always been a top issue for sports security professionals, but as the sports environment has evolved, it's been joined by a host of other threats. The events of 9/11 proved a wakeup call across the country, prompting individual sports venues to take a closer look at their security policies and driving league- and organization-wide reforms.

  • Angry Neighbor Brings Rifle to Youth Baseball Game

    by Jason Scott April 2017

    An Ohio man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly threatened a youth baseball game with a high-powered rifle.

  • Study: There Is a ‘P’ in Pool (75 Liters of It)

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    A recent study from the University of Alberta, Edmonton offers definitive proof that a significant volume of urine is present in public pools – suggesting not only the occasional accident, but the regular practice of using the water to disguise bodily function.

  • 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.

  • Soccer Fan Calls Police over Field Fight

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    On Sunday night, a spectator of a local soccer game in Waukesha, Wis., called the authorities after witnessing a physical fight break out between the players of opposing teams, according to a police report.

  • Stadium Fight Leaves Football Fan in Critical Condition

    by Jason Scott October 2016

    A fight between football fans over the weekend left one man in critical condition with a severe brain injury.

  • Baseball Fans Get a Little Too Close to the Action

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games in Philadelphia and Cincinnati included fan interaction that got a little too close to the playing field.

    In Philadelphia, home-plate umpire Bob Davidson appeared to eject a fan in the sixth inning for heckling. The fan reportedly kept repeating “You suck!” at Davidson during the game. According to a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Phillies, Davidson complained to security about the fan’s language, and when asked to leave, the fan obliged.

    In a pool report after the game, Davidson said the fan used a homophobic slur toward him, prompting him to have the fan removed.

    In Cincinnati, a Reds fan in the front row attempted to catch a foul ball in the seventh inning that Reds first baseman Joey Votto also was trying to catch. Neither Votto nor the fan made the catch, and when Votto realized it was a Reds fan who interfered with him, he looked at the Reds logo on the fan’s shirt, grabbed it, then walked away in disgust.

    Votto received both praise and criticism on Twitter for his actions, but cooler heads prevailed. Votto wrote an apology on a baseball and had it delivered to the fan, and the two made amends.

    The Votto-Reds fan interaction was not the best player-fan baseball moment this week. On Monday, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy recorded a franchise-record 16 strikeouts in a win at Tampa Bay. After the game, Duffy tossed his hat, which would have been perfect for the Royals Hall of Fame, to one lucky Royals fan in the stands. (Read more about the young fan in The Kansas City Star.)

  • Cops Walk in Reaction to Lynx Players' Comments, Shirts

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    Reacting to comments and warm-up jerseys that denounced racial profiling and supported the Black Lives Matter movement, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers walked off their security posts at a Minnesota Lynx game Saturday.

  • Outsourcing Event Security Brings Challenges, Advantages

    by Paul Steinbach February 2016

     

    Salim Toorabally had his suspicions. While working a turnstile at Stade de France on Nov. 13, Toorabally noticed an individual loitering near the gate. Then, that same individual began a hasty entrance on the heels of a fan heading for the stadium and a soccer exhibition between France and Germany. Toorabally instinctively slipped an arm in front of the suspicious-looking man, who explained that his cousin was supposed to bring a ticket to him but hadn't arrived yet. Toorabally denied him entrance, then waved others past his security post as he continued to keep an eye on the young, slender man in the dark jacket.