Three Pillars of Sports Venue Security (part 3)

Acquiring Up-to-Date Best Practices Training

Sports venues are identified as soft targets by the Department of Homeland Security. Like many other soft targets, sports venues security threats are constantly evolving. This spurred the establishment of NCS4 – the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security – a national research center to study and practice the stadium safety and security.

The organization helps the sports industry of the United States have a wealth of resources and opportunities to learn about the latest advances in sports venues security solutions and the most update industry best practices. NCS4 conducts thought leadership summits, professional certification programs, networking opportunities, and evacuation training exercises which offer stadiums security and safety assessments, operating an NCS4 National Sports Security Laboratory to test, evaluate, and validate technology solutions.

By facilitating a mutually beneficial connection among government agencies, professional associations, professional sports and event venues managers, first responders, and security products manufacturers, NCS4 creates a solid industry foundation in order to improve the safety of spectator venues all around the country.

Teamwork Helps in Keeping a Venue Safe and Secure for All

Like sports themselves, security involves team effort to achieve success. And like sports, it is based on strong fundamentals to analyze the field of play and adjust strategies in order to meet new challenges. Sports venues can strengthen their security plans and procedures through these three pillars of comprehensive situational awareness, innovative operations, and timely identification. The best way to achieve this aim is by using strategic integration of the latest field-proven smart camera technology as well as other physical security systems such as video analytics and access control. Stadiums management should also take all the advantage of resources such as the NCS4 and peer conferences to keep up with the latest security best practices in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable game day experience for everyone.