The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Announces 2021 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition
Wed, 04/28/2021 - 11:15am | By: NCS4 Staff
The National Center for Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) team has announced that the 12th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition will be held on Nov. 9-10 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The 2021 conference theme is Reconnect. Reflect. Inspire.
The conference will provide an opportunity to reconnect with peers, reflect on industry changes and technological advancements, and support and inspire professionals making a difference in the safety and security of the sports and entertainment industries.
“We know how eager everyone is to gather in person, and we are excited to make that happen for our first face-to-face event since the COVID pandemic,” said Lauren Cranford, NCS4 Director of Operations. “We are working hard to bring meaningful content that is important and relevant to the sports and entertainment industry and look forward to sharing information and networking with peers during this exciting time together.”
In addition to keynote speakers, an awards luncheon, and interactive panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, explore emerging technologies, and network with peers during the conference.
Dr. Stacey A. Hall, NCS4 Director and Professor of Sport Management, said, “We are looking forward to reconnecting with our industry friends and partners. Much has been learned over the past year regarding policies, procedures, and technological solutions to ensure the safety of fans, participants, and staff as we return to live events. The conference serves as a vehicle to share this knowledge and proven practices and address rising industry issues.”
“The conference helps cross-discipline practitioners hear about the experiences, trials, and challenges others have already worked through. They can understand the why behind the process and interact with those involved,” said Jeff Stonebreaker, VP Safety and Security, MLS Soccer. “It is also important to stay current with trends and challenges in the industry. Moreover, success and growth is about relationships and helping each other.”
To unwind after the conference, attendees can explore the 316-acre resort and surrounding the Sonoran Desert. The resort features five swimming pools, a spa, and two championship golf courses. It is surrounded by desert vistas and mountain views with opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and outdoor shopping nearby.
Additional information will be released soon, including topics, agenda, and speaker bios. Early-bird registration is available through Sept. 1 with fees of $500 for NCS4 Connect members and $535 for non-members. Prices will increase by $50 after Sept. 1.
Visit ncs4.usm.edu/conference to register or for more information.
Established in 2006, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) is the nation's only academic center devoted to the study and practice of sports safety and security. The NCS4 is partially underwritten by grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The NCS4 mission focuses on three key pillars – Training and Education, Research, and Outreach. For more information about NCS4, call 601.266.6183 or visit ncs4.usm.edu.