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NCJ Number: 76359 Find in a Library
Title: Stadium Security - A Modern Day Approach to Crowd Control
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:49  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1980)  Pages:22-25
Author(s): J Shirley
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews techniques for crowd control at stadiums during sports events and rock concerts, as practiced by the stadium operations and security department at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Georgia).
Abstract: Security considerations in operating a major league stadium include the flow of traffic to parking lots and protection of important persons, bomb threat searches and evacuation, threats against ballplayers, emergency evacuation of fans, key control, and on-field intrusion of fans. Crowd control techniques range from creating a buffer zone to keep lines orderly at ticket distribution points to videotaping crowd activity and arresting anyone breaking the law. Other security strategies for crowd control include maintenance of a highly visible uniformed security force, display of prominent illuminated signs, and the use of public address system announcements to direct crowd movements. Gate security measures involve decisions about the appropriate time to open the gates, confiscation of cans and bottles, and maintenance of adequate exits. Every stadium should have a well-planned emergency evacuation plan and an adequate, well-trained medical staff to deal with any medical emergencies.
Index Term(s): Collective violence; Crowd behavior; Crowd control; Private police; Riot control; Sporting event violent behavior
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