The Anatomy of 21st Century Stadium Security

October 01, 2015

Sporting events themselves might just be a game, but the security technology, procedures and policies in and around stadiums and other venues can be a matter of life and death.

Violent extremists and potential civil unrest top of the list of concerns for stadium security professionals, says Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports

Safety and Security (NCS4), who cites baseball stadiums’ adoption of megatometers to search backpacks and bags, and the “clear bag” policy of the National Football League, as examples of the resulting policy changes.

“We’re concerned more so than ever since 9/11 about the type of person coming to a game, and potentially what incidents could occur, by watching who’s coming in, first by the gate itself,” Marciani says. “There’re more behavioral analysis being done and training being done, where they’re observing people and getting a feel for where there’s potentially an issue.”

Active shooters and explosives – whether vehicle-borne, suicide bomber or remote – are increasingly on stadium security directors’ minds, Marciani says. “They’re looking more at the barriers, and moving the perimeters away from the venues,” he says. “There’s a lot more reliance on information sharing. The federal government and states are communication threat information to local authorities in ways that have really improved, which is a major way of deterring incidents.”

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