National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security e-newsletter | March 10, 2021

NCS⁴ Forums Finish Strong

The NCS⁴ successfully completed the Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Safety and Security Forum today. Thank you to everyone who contributed in making it a success.

Everyone who attended the forum will be granted access to the recorded sessions on NCS⁴ Connect's membership website through April 19, 2021. The recorded sessions will also be available to all NCS⁴ Connect members.


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Registration Is Now Open for This Important Free Webinar

When hosting a large gathering, be it one-time or every day, there is only so much that can be done to keep people socially distanced. The safest environments are the ones where COVID-positive individuals never enter in the first place. In this presentation, industry experts will discuss customer experiences from those who have tackled the challenge of testing their university or sporting event successfully. Presenters will also share the science behind the different types of tests and which ones work best for certain scenarios. Lastly the webinar will outline the different services available to help do this at your own institution or how to do testing all on your own.


Joe Monroe, Chief of Police, University of Kentucky


Cameron McIntosh, Chief of Staff, Wild Health

Luke Murray, MD, MBA, COVID Director, Wild Health

Kelly Nelson, APRN, Account Manager, Wild Health

NCS⁴ Welcomes New Staff Member, Mayra Ordonez to the Team

Introducing Mayra Ordonez

Mayra Ordonez is the Instructional Design Specialist for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. Her role is to design, develop, and deploy engaging learning activities and compelling course content for traditional classroom and eLearning training delivery programs. She collaborates with subject matter experts, instructors, and other design team members to ensure the accuracy and validity of the training design and methodology.

Prior to joining NCS⁴, Ordonez was an educator and curriculum specialist. Ordonez received a Master of Science Degree in Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Instructional Design from The University of North Texas. She received her Bachelor's degree in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University.

Welcome to the Team, Mayra!

Shout Out to Mark Camillo on the Props for the NCS⁴'s Best Practices Guides

Snapshot of a portion of the article that appears in Venue Professional

A special thanks to Mark Camillo, Senior Policy Advisor at CSC - Contemporary Services Corporation and former Deputy Assistant Director for the U.S. Secret Service, who recently authored an article on best practices in Venue Professional. In the article, Camillo lays out the importance of best practices as well as resources currently available. Camillo specifically names NCS⁴ as a producer of quality best practices guides for professional and collegiate sports leagues. Click the link to read the article.

Congratulations to Ted Metellus on Being Named TCS NYC Marathon Race Director

Runner's Gazette recently published a Q&A article where Ted Metellus was interviewed by George Banker about his being named TCS NYC Marathon Race Director. Ted and George are both members of NCS⁴'s Marathon and Endurance Events Advisory Committee. Click the button below to read the article.

Xonar completes operational exercise

Xonar Technology, Inc. participated in a product operational exercise with their XonarSafe™ technology, a millimeter wave detection system. The two-part exercise included a demonstration of the technology in their laboratory and observation of it in use at a concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. The white paper, which will be published in March 2021, provides more details.

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

Select DHS/FEMA-Funded 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 – The Free Webinar Is Now Available on Demand

When flight attendants cover safety practices on an airplane, they suggest you secure your oxygen mask before helping others with theirs. Similarly, in light of the current pandemic, it is becoming crucial for event venues to monitor their staff’s well-being and reconsider operational processes in order to extend a safer experience to returning fans and guests. This session explores burgeoning technology being utilized by major sports and entertainment venues to confidently reopen, sustain, and future-proof their businesses.


Nguyen Nguyen, Director of Technology, Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Tony Albanese, EVP Enterprise, ParkHub

Kurt Monnier, VP of Customer Success, ReturnSafe


State Farm Arena Enlists Cutting-Edge Lucid Drone Tech As Part of Expanded Safety Protocols

ATLANTA –– State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, has implemented the latest in drone technology as a part of the venue’s cleaning and disinfecting protocols. The award-winning arena has enlisted Lucid Drone Technologies, a cutting-edge drone company based out of Charlotte, NC and its D1 Disinfecting Drone (D1) to help in sanitizing the 17,500 seat venue between events, a first for any NBA arena. Read More

Japan Eyes Limit of 2,000 Daily Arrivals as it Opens for Olympics

TOKYO -- Japan looks to set a daily limit on the number of people entering the country even as it allows new exceptions to an arrival ban for international travelers, including those involved in the Olympics, Nikkei has learned. Read More

Los Angeles 2028 Establishes Key Cooperative to Deal with Games Security

Key measures to secure the safety of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles have been put in place with the establishment of the California Olympic and Paralympic Safety Command. Read More

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Decision on Overseas Fans by End of March

A decision on whether overseas fans can attend the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be made by the end of the month. Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto hopes a call will have been made on whether spectators can travel to Japan for the Games in time for the start of the Olympic torch relay, which begins on March 25. Read More

Pennsylvania Raises COVID-19 Venue Capacity Limits, Paving Way for Philly Sports Fans at Games

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf eased restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings Monday, building momentum for the return of fan attendance at Sixers, Flyers and Phillies games. Read More