Articles matching tag: Stadium Security
- Column: Heightened Security at Sporting Events New RealityJuly 7, 2016
Brad Keselowski won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, his first win at the historic track. But that may not be the first thing fans remember about this year’s summer race at Daytona. For the first time in history, a SWAT team was patrolling the track, including the garage area and pit road, usually the domain of drivers and crew members. Most Major League sports, including the NFL and MLB, have ramped up security at games in recent years, but the sight of uniformed personnel with assault rifles mingling with fans caught many race goers by surprise. It was the highest level of security ever seen at a NASCAR race when a president or a member of his immediate family wasn’t present.
- Column: MLB Debuts Metal DetectorsApril 19, 2015
A day at the ballpark now begins like an airplane flight. Major League Baseball required all 30 teams to install metal detectors at their entrance gates prior to the beginning of the 2015 season. A few teams installed metal detectors last year and many others had security measures that required fans to undergo bag checks and random wandings. While those measures were voluntarily instituted, metal detectors are now standard operating procedure. The publicly stated rationale for the increased security shouldn’t surprise you. MLB says it’s all about “fan safety.” In reality, it’s all about perception and a C.Y.A. mentality.