Security specialist and CEO of Stone Security Service, David Stone, offers some precautionary safety and security tips for anyone attending a packed football stadium for the Super Bowl, or the “Big Game” As all Local Law Enforcement and Federal Law Enforcement agencies, DHS all prepare for one of the worlds most viewed Sports event, be prepared to see an additional amount of officers with an extensive arsenal of weapons: There will be also many layers of security in place that you will not see. Allow yourself extra time to arrive and please be patient as admission lines may be longer than usual, but it’s all for your safety. Stone Security Service is providing a team of Executive Protection Agents for corporate CEO’s, and VIPS. The Stone Security Bodyguard unit will be assigned to celebrities and blend in with the crowd. The Stone Security Event Security Team will be assigned to all before and after private special events. On Super Bowl Sunday, four things come to mind: Family, Friends, Food, and Football. While most of us will spend our day watching from the safety and comfort of our living rooms, many will pack themselves into a huddled mass within the loud concrete confines of stadiums across America. Others will be inside packed pubs or lounges. Though many stadiums are a bit more safer now, due to technology and enhanced security measures. Impassioned (and often inebriated) crowds — packed tight into a stadium’s 80,000 seats — can still lead to danger and trouble. Consequently, it is important for fans to be active participants in their own safety. Here are some ways to stay safe inside a packed stadium: 1. Prior to Kickoff: Advance Your Location The day before the big game, take a couple minutes to study the Stadium online. Read about the stadium’s security and safety measures and general layout of the exits and emergency services nearest to your seats. Additionally, many stadiums offer a mobile cell phone app which I recommend. (The app provides up‐to‐the‐minute notifications regarding stadium safety, security, and weather.) Furthermore, to facilitate a faster emergency departure, I recommend purchasing seats closer to the aisle and your section’s exit. On game day, I recommend arriving to the Stadium early and buying a program, which offers additional information about the stadium’s seating and services. Similar to an airport, where I like to get “eyes on” my departure gate before searching for bathrooms and coffee shops, I recommend getting “eyes on” your stadium seats before kickoff. Once you’ve found your seats, I recommend taking a quick walk around your section of the stadium with your family and/or friends. Identify at least two evacuation routes, stadium rally points, and the closest emergency first aid station. Additionally, advise your friends and family that surveillance cameras do not exist in restrooms, where inebriated fans will often visit throughout the game. As a result, I recommend entering the bathroom in pairs and maintaining situational awareness throughout your time there. 2. During the Game: Detect -Pre-Incident Indicators” (or PINS). PINS “are those detectable factors that occur before the outcome being predicted,” Violence is not spontaneous or “out of the blue.” Instead, violence is preceded by behaviors that often illuminate an aggressor’s intentions. This Pathway to Violence begins with a perceived grievance, followed by motivations, planning, and ultimately, the act of violence itself. Here is a hypothetical example based on my security experiences:
- Arriving to his stadium seat in Met Life – Giants Stadium, a Giants fan spots another fan sitting near him in a Jets jersey. The Giants fan perceives this as a personal insult to himself and his tribe of Giants fanatics. He now has his Grievance.
- Acting on the perceived grievance, he believes the crowd will support his rant against the Jets fan, giving him status with his tribe. He now has his Motivation.
- The Giants fan drinks another beer and his inhibitions continue to fall. Eventually, he thinks, “I’ll call him a name to impress my friends. If he reciprocates, and I don’t get in the last word to save face among my tribe, I’ll throw my drink at him. If things continue to escalate, I’ll kick his ass.” He now has a Plan.
- As he begins to stare down the opposing fan and garner support from nearby fans, the Giants fan is well on his Pathway to Violence..