The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Sport Venue Association (CSVA) during fall 2011.
The MOU between the CSVA and NCS4 seeks to establish a mutually beneficial relationship committed to joint program education, training, research, conferences, workshops and sharing of best practices at sports venues to enhance the quality of sport venue management.
Representatives from the CSVA, Southern Miss and the NCS4 Board of Advisors met at the National Basketball Association headquarters in New York City to sign the agreement. “Sports have continued to play an important role in bringing people and programs of our two countries together,” Dr. Lou Marciani, director of NCS4, said at the meeting.
To illustrate that point, he referenced the "ping pong diplomacy" that helped re-establish diplomatic ties between the U.S. and China 40 years ago, when table-tennis teams from each country visited the other for competition.
CSVA is a professional organization comprised of more than 600 sport facilities in China. The organization provides for its members opportunities for enhancing facility planning, designing, construction, operation, safety and security.
China’s economic growth over the last 10 years, including major development in sports development and construction, has resulted in more than one million sports facilities. The opportunity with NCS4 is considered by both entities as an important step toward enhancing the quality of the country’s sports management and operations in sport facilities.
“We now have a clear direction of where this collaboration between China and the United States can help each country advance the development of the quality of management of sport venues,” said Entang Chen, general administrator of the Sport of China Finance Department.
Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports and Security specifically focuses on research, education, and outreach efforts in sport event security, providing an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness, improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training.
For more information about NCS4, call 601.266.6183 or visit www.ncs4.com.