Safety & Security: Facility Security
- Umpires Call for More Protection in Wake of Altercation
by Chad Lindskog July 2018
Local umpires hope the ugly incident Sunday at Scott Township Baseball Fields causes coaches and parents to think twice before making a scene at youth sporting events. They've seen enough bad behavior.
- How to Implement Access Control at a High School Sports Facility
by Andy Berg June 2018
After a fight at a football game last September spilled into a parking lot and resulted in a shooting that left one juvenile injured, North Little Rock High School knew it was time to improve security. It would be a daunting task for a number of reasons, not the least of which was NLRHS's recently completed $100 million high school that has numerous entrances and feeds seamlessly into the football stadium. The school also plays host to the Arkansas boys' and girls' state basketball tournaments — both won by Little Rock this past season — that involve welcoming large numbers of revved up fans and athletes within a short window of time.
- 'Suspicious Bottle' Leads to YMCA Evacuation
by Charleston Gazette-Mail June 2018
Charleston Police officers and Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Charleston YMCA Wednesday morning after a "suspicious bottle" was found in the men's locker room.
- LSU Investigates Apparent Burglary at Maravich Center
by Nick Krueger May 2018
It appears an LSU athletics venue may have fallen victim to a burglary Monday or some time last weekend. WBRZ in Baton Rouge cited sources saying two laptops, a camera and a printer were some of the things possibly taken.
- Las Vegas Golden Knights Rally a Recovering City
by Deron Snyder May 2018
The ability of sports to bind geographic kinfolk is fleeting, but it's always strongest after tragic events and during championship runs.
- Girl Shot During Dispute at Birmingham Rec Center
by Andy Berg April 2018
A 17-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head at a Birmingham rec center.
- Two Individuals Shot on Basketball Court at Health Club
by Paul Steinbach March 2018
Two individuals were shot and wounded Friday on a basketball court at a Fitness Connection location in Mesquite, Texas.
Police responded to a report around 1:20 p.m. that a man had been shot at the health club, but found two wounded individuals — a club employee and a member — upon arrival. One was treated at the scene, while the other was taken to a local hospital. Two nearby high schools were put on lockdown as a precaution.
Three male suspects headed for Interstate 635 in a silver car before police arrived, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.
Fitness Connection's Facebook account posted a message Friday that included phone numbers for members to call with information, as well as these sentiments: "All of our thoughts and prayers are with the two victims and their families. The health and safety of our members and our employees is always our utmost concern. Our Mesquite gym will remain open, and we will continue to assist the authorities in any way we can."
- Preparing for an Active-Shooter in Your Sports Venue
by Andy Berg February 2018
Some travelers leaving AB Show this past November faced a small hiccup while trying to depart Orlando International Airport. An exploding camera battery put security on high alert, and the entire airport had to be evacuated. Transportation Security Administration officials on the scene told people waiting in security lines to drop their bags and run, while others were sequestered within jet bridges. It was a reminder of the unpredictable times in which we live.
- KU Police Called for Loiterer Offering 'Free-Throw Advice'
by Courtney Cameron January 2018
On Wednesday afternoon, student-athletes made a distressed call to University of Kansas campus police to report a non-student who was loitering outside campus housing and harassing residents with unwarranted “free-throw advice,” according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
- New NCS4 Lab Trains Safety and Security Professionals
by Daniel Ward December 2017
On Sept. 1, the University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sport Security Research, Training and Operations Center at the National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL). The new center helps bring to life NCS4's vision of being the world's leading academic research institution in addressing sports safety and security risks and threats.