Loading

National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security e-newsletter | January 13, 2021

Thank you to all the men and women in blue!

Saturday, Jan. 9 was National Law Enforcement Recognition Day. The day is set aside each year to recognize the men and women in blue for upholding the oath to protect and serve.

In recognition of your service, NCS⁴ would like to thank you and let you know you are appreciated. Your courage and dedication to uphold the law are recognized. THANK YOU!

Register now for NCS⁴’s Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Forum coming up in less than two weeks!

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2021 Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Forum on January 26-27, 2021, in a LIVE virtual format. The objective of the Forum is to address critical safety and security challenges facing intercollegiate athletics programs through case study analysis, small group discussions, and workshop-style sessions.

Collegiate athletics programs and venues are facing unique safety, security, and business challenges. The impact of COVID-19 has affected fan attendance, student-athlete development, and staff management. Collegiate venue operators also recognize the need to continue to prepare for all potential risks and threats. Discussing current issues and exploring solutions in a forum environment will help colleges and universities, athletic conferences, and associations enhance safety and security plans and operations.

View the line-up of speakers, workshops, and topics on the agenda here.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Below we are highlighting our sponsors for their support of the event. Please visit their company websites to learn more about their safety and security product offerings.

ARX Perimeters offers high security perimeter solutions including mobile fencing systems, vehicle and pedestrian barriers, crowd management solutions, and more. Visit the website below to learn more.

Esri offers geographic information system (GIS) technology to support your security operations. Click the link below to learn more.

WESS is a nationwide provider of Event Staffing and Security Services. Our company provides service to high profile clients in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, NCAA and other Major Entertainment Events. Stay tuned for a big announcement coming in late February!

Visit the NCS⁴ event website for additional information or to register.

Make plans and register now!

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2021 Professional Sports and Entertainment Safety and Security Forum on February 16-17 in a LIVE virtual format. The objective of the Forum is to address critical safety and security challenges in the professional sports and entertainment industry through case study analysis, small group discussions, and workshop-style sessions.

The threat environment surrounding high-profile sport and entertainment events is continually evolving, and the impact of COVID-19 has affected all aspects of the professional sports and entertainment industry. Discussing current issues and exploring solutions in a forum environment will help safety and security managers, operations managers, and local and state law enforcement enhance safety and security plans and operations.

View the line-up of speakers, workshops, and topics on the agenda here.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Visit the website to register or for additional information.

Registration Is Open - Register Now!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for companies who serve the interscholastic safety and security segment of the industry.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2021 Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Safety and Security Forum on March 9-10 in a LIVE virtual format. The objective of the Forum is to address critical safety and security challenges facing interscholastic athletics and after-school activities through case study analysis, small group discussions, and workshop-style sessions.

Confronted with the incredible task of ensuring the safety and security of those involved in high school athletics and after-school programs, high school officials must respond to emerging challenges by integrating and leveraging new resources and information. The environment and threats surrounding sports and activities is constantly evolving, and security concerns facing education prior to COVID-19 have not been eliminated. Discussing current issues and exploring solutions in a forum environment will help high school and athletic administrators, school resource officers, and law enforcement enhance safety and security plans and operations.

Visit the website to register or for additional information.

Make plans to join NCS⁴ November 9-10, 2021, in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Details forthcoming soon.

Select Training Courses Available in a Live Virtual Format

The NCS⁴ is currently offering three safety and security courses in a live virtual format. Each DHS/FEMA-funded course has been converted from the original in-person format into a virtual format in order to adapt to the challenges resulting from the pandemic and meet current training needs.

Each of these courses is designed to be interactive and allow individuals to become more confident in their ability to identify, prevent, and manage incidents. The key principles that individuals will learn range from risk management, evacuation messaging, threat prioritization, and communication. Each class is being presented in a virtual format online that requires five hours each day for three consecutive days.

You can learn more about each of these courses by visiting the NCS⁴ website or by clicking on one of the following courses below:

AWR-167: Sport Event Risk Management

MGT-412: Sport Venue Evacuation and Protective Actions

MGT-466: Sport and Special Event Enhanced Risk Management and Assessment

These courses represent a cooperative effort between The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Security and Safety (USM/NCS⁴) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (TEEX/NERRTC), a member of The Texas A&M University System.

If you are interested in attending or hosting a virtual training, please email us at NCS4train@usm.edu.

ICYMI: Webinar Now On Demand

Check out the latest issue of NCS⁴’s Gameday Security magazine!

SPORTS SECURITY WATCH

UK Sporting Venues Selected to Administer Vaccine Shots

The U.K. government announced that seven venues will be converted into COVID-19 vaccination hubs, including some that normally host sporting events. Those include the Manchester Tennis Center and Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol City FC and the Bristol Bears. Read More

Capacity Restrictions Lifted from Iowa Sporting Events After Nearly a Year

For the first time in nearly a year, there are no specific state guidelines for capacity at high school sporting events. Fans still have to be socially-distanced, but a new order from Governor Kim Reynolds lifts the limit of two people per participant. Read More

Fall Playoff Contests Back on for Michigan Schools that Opt Into Rapid COVID Testing

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is allowing fall playoff contests to go forward for schools that opt into a rapid COVID-19 testing pilot program. Read More

Spanish COVID Concert Study Results: Tested Audience, No Distancing, No Infections

A study conducted in Spain showed that no infections could be traced back to a live concert where all audiences members had been previously tested. The study’s hypothesis, that a live concert performed under safe conditions would not be associated with an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infections, was therefore confirmed. Read More

Physician Assess COVID Risks in Youth Sports

It’s been a year since the first case of novel coronavirus was detected in the United States, and while much has been learned about the too-often fatal respiratory disease COVID-19, “we still don't know what we don’t know.” That's according to Dr. Susannah Briskin, a pediatric sports medicine specialist at University Hospital in Cleveland, who coauthored return-to-sports guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has been updating them every 30 days with new information from evolving medical literature and news reports. Read More

Grants for Shuttered Venue Operators

A recently passed relief bill will provide $15 billion in federal funding toward grants for “shuttered venue operators,” making funding available to an industry that has been particularly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More