If you've ever been to a professional sporting event, or even a college game, you almost certainly had to go through some sort of security checkpoint before being allowed in. While a football game or other sporting event should be a fun and joyous affair, it's also a time when heated passion for one's team, maybe fueled by a little too much tailgating, can boil over. Add to that the threat of terrorist attacks on major gatherings, and you can see why sport event security management is such an important part of game day. Here are just a few of the considerations that go into securing a large-scale sporting event.
The first line of defense in sport event security management is making sure that the people entering the event aren't bringing any contraband or anything that could pose a danger to others. Obviously, weapons are a huge concern, but it's also important to check for people smuggling in drugs or alcohol. Intoxication is a major contributing factor to fights inside the event. For this reason, it's essential to properly train concession staff to identify when people have had too much to drink and cut them off.