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Convergence Adds New Dimension to Stadium Security

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Convergence is leading to a new understanding of video security in stadiums and sports venues, with technology forming one side of a triangular approach. Personnel training and processes make up the other two. Together, all three support a strategic deployment that protects venues from attack while enhancing a family-friendly experience for spectators.

The tripartite formula is a primary message the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), the nation's leading center for academic and certificate programs in stadium and arena security, promulgates. Based at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss., NCS4 offers campus-based and online academic and certificate programs in stadium and event security.

MMRobertsStadium.jpgThe past few years has created another nexus. An increased understanding of best practices has tracked with the increased integration of IP in security systems and a spurt of new stadiums that have opened in New York, Dallas, Minneapolis and Washington. Elsewhere, a number of facilities have undergone extensive renovation, including M.M. Roberts Stadium (pictured) at the USM campus. "It's an industry that's growing," said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 director. "As awareness about security grows, there has been more updating of people skills, venue training and technology."


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