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National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security e-newsletter | December 16, 2020

Join NCS4 for a free webinar this week!

This year has presented a unique and uncharted set of public safety challenges. To address these challenges, we have collectively and individually developed, defined, and redefined countless policies and procedures aimed at creating a safe and secure environment for staff, performers, guests, and fans. Now, more than ever, policy enforcement could be the factor determining your ability to address safety, security, and public health concerns. During this session industry experts will discuss the use of surveillance, existing technologies, best practices and lessons learned to drive a high return on policy adherence.

Speakers

Adam Stockwell, Vice President, Milwaukee Bucks, Inc.

James Reynolds, CPP, CLSD, Regional Director, Safety and Security, Eastern US & Canada for Hilton

Troy Brown, Vice President, Stadium Operations, Cleveland Browns

Ryan Zatolokin, Senior Technologist, Axis Communications

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.

Make plans to join NCS4 November 9-10, 2021, in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. We are looking forward to gathering together again. Watch for additional details coming in the New Year.

Thanks to Everyone Who Joined Us for the Marathon and Endurance Events Forum!

The NCS4’s 7th annual National Marathon and Endurance Events Safety and Security Forum experienced more attendees than ever before! Thank you all for participating – the attendees, speakers, panelists, sponsors, and staff all contributed to make it a productive and successful event.

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.

911 Security recently completed a case study with the University of Kentucky, where they worked with UKPD to create a drone detection system for their campus. Some of the issues they examined were drones flying over campus, mitigating risks surrounding the flights, and identifying unauthorized drones and the whereabouts of their pilots. Ultimately UK chose 911 Security’s AirGuard system which assists campus police in enforcing their drone policies and tracks violators to ensure safety. Access the case study by clicking the link below.

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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Visit the website for additional information or to register.

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, 2021, in a LIVE virtual format. The objective of the Forum is to address critical safety and security challenges in the professional sports and entertaintment 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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Visit the website to register or for additional information.

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, 2021, 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.

NCS4 Staffer Invited to Participate on Community Resilience Committee

Joslyn Zale, PhD

NCS4 Research Associate, Dr. Joslyn Zale, has been invited to participate on the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association’s (URISA) Community Resilience Committee. URISA is a nonprofit organization that promotes GIS research and education. This committee will focus on examining and building community resilience via infrastructure protection plan development and best practices.

The NCS4 COVID-19 Recommendations Outlined in Athletic Business

The NCS4 received a nod from Athletic Business in their latest issue with an article highlighting concessions best practices. The article lays out recommendations from NCS4’s COVID-19 Considerations guide. Click on one of the links below to read the article or to download the free guide from NCS4.

SPORTS SECURITY WATCH

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Survey: Fans Reluctant to Return in Next Six Months

A new survey of sports fans found that only 27 percent of respondents are looking to go to a sporting event in the next six months. The survey, by event payment provider Tappit, found that the numbers look more promising when looking at the next 12 months, where 58 percent of Americans are aiming to attend a sporting event in that time. Read More

Rose Bowl Won’t Allow Spectators for CFP Semifinal

The Tournament of Roses announced Thursday that its request for special permission to allow for a limited number of spectators or a select number of guests of players and coaches at the Rose Bowl for this year’s College Football Playoff semifinal has been denied. Read More

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Concessions Services Best Practices During the Pandemic

When the Kansas City Chiefs opened the NFL season Sept. 10 against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium, reminders of COVID-19 were everywhere. Tailgating rules were revised, signage was in place to remind fans to maintain social distance, roughly 75 percent of seats were empty, hand-sanitizing stations were dispersed throughout the stadium, and fans had to check in via a mobile app to receive directions on which gate they should enter through. Read More

When Will Sports Stadiums be Full Again? Dr. Anthony Fauci Gives a Timeline

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the country’s foremost authority on the COVID-19 pandemic, told Yahoo Sports on Monday that it’s unlikely NBA teams can host full-capacity crowds during the 2020-21 season. Fauci, in a phone interview, said unrestricted capacities at sports stadiums will be among “the last thing[s] that you're gonna see” as the United States pushes toward the end of the pandemic in 2021. Read More