Safety & Security: Stadium & Arena Security
Inside the 2014 NCS4 Conference
by July 2014
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security will hold its fifth annual conference in Indianapolis, July 8-10. This year's theme of "The Business of Sports Safety and Security" fits perfectly with the evolving landscape of athletic security, according to NCS4 director Lou Marciani: "The security function's role is now more than ever a business one, as security has become a core function of finance, law, marketing and operations."
Chilean Soccer Fans Storm World Cup Stadium
by Andrew Brandt June 2014
If there’s one thing we can learn from the fan-fueled fiasco at Marcana Stadium on Wednesday, it’s that Chile’s soccer fans will do just about anything to see their team compete in the FIFA World Cup.
Fan 'Alert' After Falling Into Bullpen at Miller Park
by Michael Gaio June 2014
A Milwaukee Brewers fan was hospitalized Tuesday night after falling about 20 feet into the bullpen at Miller Park.
Non-Lethal Safety Tools Protect Against Liability, Unruly Fans
by Paul Hughes May 2014
If you've never considered the safety risks of a professional security guard, placing them at a sporting venue where they are significantly outnumbered is an excellent research lab. Because of the sheer quantity of people, the passion for their teams and the probability of alcohol consumption, sports leagues recommend one security guard for every 250 visitors in a venue. Assigning the proper number of security personnel is a deliberate balance of operational efficiency, cost and visitor safety, which makes proper skills training and equipment for the job an essential consideration in limiting a venue's liability.
Six Events that Forever Altered Athletic Venue Security
by April 2014
With Tuesday marking the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Athletic Business looks back at how the sports world has changed over the past few decades in response to new security threats.
Metal Detectors Mandatory at Major League Baseball Stadiums
by April 2014
The Boston Marathon bombings forced many in the sports community to reevaluate their respective security practices two years ago, but Major League Baseball was ahead of the curve in its commitment to improving safety and security at its events. "We were studying our security efforts prior to Boston, and we were deliberating enhancements when it occurred," says Michael Teevan, vice president of public relations for MLB. One of those enhancements was improving its entrance-screening process.
Fans, Players, Coaches Caught in Court-Storming Melee
by Michael Gaio February 2014
It's a situation any administrator or facilities professional dreads: a court-storming gone wrong. And that's exactly what happened Thursday night in Orem, Utah, after Utah Valley knocked off New Mexico State to remain atop the standings in the Western Athletic Conference.
Organizing a Safe Court-Storming Celebration
by Emily Attwood January 2014
More than 20 years have passed since the infamous "Camp Randall Crush," the 1993 field-storming by University of Wisconsin students after a win over Michigan that left more than 70 fans injured. Response to the incident by the school and its hired security team was widely criticized, resulted in 15 lawsuits and put the spotlight on crowd control procedures at stadiums and arenas.
Man Who Fell from 300 Deck in Buffalo Gets Stadium Ban
by Paul Steinbach November 2013
A fan who attempted to slide down the side railing of the 300 deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, only to topple backwards and land on a fan in the 200 level, has fallen out of favor with the hometown Bills. As a result of his actions Sunday, the fan has been banned from the stadium.
Last Month's Fatal Fall at Turner Field Ruled a Suicide
by Paul Steinbach September 2013
Perhaps there is one scenario — beyond horseplay, intoxication or medical episode — in which the upper reaches of stadiums can't be expected to keep fans perfectly safe. When a fan is intent on taking his own life, as investigators have determined was the case with Ronald Homer last month at Atlanta's Turner Field, the role of building codes regarding the height of concrete or steel barriers is considerably diminished.