ATLANTA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Several universities including Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M and Southern Mississippi will participate in a pilot program to test innovative security measures in areas including parking, concessions, merchandising and ticketing. The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at Southern Miss and eVerifileSM (EVI) collaborated with the universities to develop the pilot, which includes systems and processes to better protect college sports facilities and entertainment venues.
“This is an issue of national importance. At NCS4 we’re committed to developing and testing strategies that will keep spectators everywhere as safe as possible.”
The Department of Homeland Security ranks stadium attacks as one of the 12 most devastating possible acts of terrorism. The pilot will help establish a workforce risk management standard for major collegiate and professional venues to improve security measures and enhance safety for the thousands of sports and entertainment fans who attend events each year.
“Protecting spectators and participants at sporting and entertainment venues is one of our highest priorities,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of eVerifile, which provides industry-specific solutions that help organizations improve safety and security and meet government compliance requirements. “This partnership with the NCS4 enables us to address this important national security issue and put procedures in place to enhance safety for thousands of fans and athletes around the country.”
The universities will pilot a range of programs from eVerifile including initiatives for employee and vendor background screening, safety education and venue access through credentialing.
The pilot follows on the heels of a meeting at which several universities joined EVI and NCS4 to discuss the security issues facing these venues and the administrators that manage them. The meeting was hosted by basketball legend, Earvin Magic Johnson, at Magic Johnson Enterprises.
“The initiative to increase the safety and security of sporting venues is of the upmost importance to stadium and team owners,” Johnson said. “With my new ownership position in the Los Angeles Dodgers, I intend to champion the importance of protecting players and spectators at all types of events.”
Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 director, concurred.
“With millions of people attending sporting events around the world each year, we can’t afford to take stadium security lightly,” he said. “This is an issue of national importance. At NCS4 we’re committed to developing and testing strategies that will keep spectators everywhere as safe as possible.”
About The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security
The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security is an outgrowth of a grant initiative funded by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Established in 2006, NCS4’s vision it to become a valuable national resource center that demonstrates development of security infrastructure systems and processes that will model solutions supporting multiple sports venue environments. Learn more at www.ncs4.com.
eVerifile, founded in 1999, specializes in understanding the unique security needs of companies in various industries. Offering services such as workforce safety and security assessments, compliance education, and credentialing, eVerifile helps companies improve their safety and security while meeting compliance requirements. Learn more at www.eVerifile.com.