Game Day Security
While security in sport and athletic stadiums and arenas has always been a top priority for event and facility managers, the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, have thrust this issue to the forefront of every athletic agenda to ensure the safety of all spectators, participants and facility staff members.
Springfield College encourages its students to make a difference in peoples' lives by embracing the College’s unique Humanics philosophy of educating the whole person—in spirit, mind, and body—for leadership in service to others. Matthew Pantera, Ed.D., chair of the Sport Management and Recreation Department, approached a group of students with the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to Humanics by researching security initiatives at collegiate sport venues. The students tackled the project with great excitement regardless of the fact that they would receive no academic credit.
The Game Day Operations Security Checklist was constructed to assist athletic directors, stadium and arena managers, and directors of security in maintaining the unique collegiate sport atmosphere while adhering to strong risk management principles for the good of public safety. The research team's hard work and diligence culminated on Febr. 27 when USA TODAY published the Game Day Security Operations Checklist as part of a cover story on sports and terrorism in both their print and online publications. The research team consisted of Ross Gobeille, Spyros Griveas, Daniel Queen, Jamie Insalaco, and Beth Domanoski. Pantera, Associate Professor Robert Accorsi, and Professor Christa Winter, Ph.D., assisted the students greatly in their work.