SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Page 12 of 75 January 2018 13 t GAME Plan "An agency will probably already have a plan in place for an emergency," said Theresa Cohagen, director of the Mansfield (Texas) CVB. "The first thing a CVB or sports commission should do is to reach out to their local authorities and find out what steps they already have in place. Start with them because more than likely they will be a great source of info for putting a plan in place for an event." The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, views involve- ment with local police and other author- ities as key to hosting major events in the city, and convention center staff also work with the Department of Homeland Security and four leading associations in the convention industry (Exhibition Services & Contractors Association, International Association of Exhibitions & Events, International Association of Venue Managers and Meeting planners International) to test new security initia- tives, said John Gonzalez, vice president and general manager of the center. Center staff will target one event in 2018 to test an enhancement of security features that are in line with typical security at airports and arenas. "The center will be the pilot program for the initiative," Gonzalez said. "We're going to implement the security measures and see what effect it has on the venue and event." The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi has been working to help sports venues, destinations and organizations with event safety and security since it was founded in 2006. NCS4 began as a response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "At that time, there were many sports venues being identified as soft targets for potential terrorist activity, so the NCS4 was set up to do training and education on security risks and threats," said NCS4 Lab Director Daniel Ward. NCS4 focuses on addressing the security risks and threats faced by the sports industry through many outlets, including research, professional development, training, technology assessments and certifications. The center conducts approximately ► "It's easy to think that it would never happen in your city or town but the reality is that things can happen anywhere." '' —Beth Gendler, Gulf Shores Commission MORE LIKE: DO-YOU-HAVE- WHAT-IT-TAKES- BURG? ink of a place that knows what it takes to host champions. Somewhere with award-winning sports facilities and the dining options to satisfy any team's hunger. A place where AAU Basketball, USA Soball, USA Track and Field, and the Southern Conference have all chosen to host their best. Now think about that place being Spartanburg, SC. Surprised? Once you visit you'll understand there's no place like it. ere's only one Spartanburg.

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