Event Security Planning
February 25, 2014
The Ball is In Your Court
By Katharine M. Nohr, J.D.
Security planning has recently been highly publicized in relation to the Super Bowl and the Olympic Games in Sochi. High profile events and those that attract thousands of attendees and participants, such as the Boston Marathon, are potential terrorist targets, because of the media attention that will bring the terrorist’s message to the public. Your sporting events very likely will not attract millions of television viewers, but that doesn’t mean that security shouldn’t be of prime consideration when you develop you risk management plan.
The first step to evaluating security needs begins with risk assessment. What possible scenarios can you foresee at your event? In order to evaluate this, you should look at the history of your organization’s events and considered what problems have occurred at similar events in your region and in other locales. Have you had problems with fights breaking out in the stands? Are you concerned about attendees carrying weapons? Is there a risk of a riot post game?