Trailblazing work continues at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, which includes making plans to host a national convention for the first time.
The National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Aug. 2-4 of next year at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans. As many as 300 top professionals in the field of sports safety and security are expected to attend the inaugural conference.
This gathering will provide a wholesome environment dedicated to security/safety technologies, products, services and education for safeguarding the spectators we are charged with protecting, said NCS4 Director Lou Marciani.
Marciani stresses that those involved in sports security will want to attend the conference for reasons that include the following:
Get the latest information on sports safety and security threats, mitigation and prevention from the smallest to the largest venues.
Discover many innovative solutions in the exhibit hall.
Learn from your peers about how they manage day-to-day sports security challenges and their solutions.
Take advantage of the opportunity to network with the best in the sports security industry.
Gather the best sports security practices, guidelines and standards.
Save time and money by researching products/services in the exhibit hall.
Engage in public and private collaborative efforts for successful partnerships in sports security and safety.
No one has to sell Bill Squires on the importance of the national conference or the significance of the work being done at NCS4. Squires, immediate past-president of the Stadium Managers Association, was on the job as manager of Giants Stadium in New Jersey when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
I actually saw the second plane hit the tower, said Squires, a former Navy pilot. So, I know first-hand what terrorists are capable of doing. We have to be vigilant, all of us, in protecting the security of citizens who are gathered together in large crowds.
Thats why I applaud the efforts of Lou Marciani and everyone associated with NCS4. To have a convention like this dedicated solely to security and safety is exactly what we need to become better trained and prepared for a worst-case scenario.
Established in 2006, NCS4 is the only sports security training organization of its kind in the United States and remains the recognized leader in addressing potential threats and risks to the safety and security of sporting events. Through research, education and innovative solutions, the center continues to enhance the level of preparedness at sporting venues worldwide.
As of Sept. 1 of this year, NCS4 had sponsored 29 Sport Event Risk Management workshops across the country. Seventeen of those workshops were held at NFL stadiums, including the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. A total of 1,061 individuals from 228 NCAA Division I, II and III institutions received training in the workshops.
Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available for the national conference on a variety of levels. For more information about the conference and NCS4 call 601.266.6183 or visit www.NCS4.com/conference.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.