HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) held a National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit Tuesday - Thursday at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Sport and security officials from several universities, colleges, as well as high-profile security entities attended the three day event held at the Trent Lott Center.
The summit addressed the designated major safety and security issues through input from several athletic departments, bowl administrators, law enforcement, and first responders.
Throughout the summit, several major safety and security issues such as crowd dynamics, technology solutions and sport facilities design environment were addressed by top experts in moderated lectures.
"The conferences, the NCAA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security asked the center here to bring in the best in the country to see if we can begin to look at some best practices," said Lou Marciani, director of NCS4.
"It's critical to have this kind of discussion and summit aimed at identifying best practices for providing safety and security to our fans," said Steve Shelow, assistant vice-president for police and public safety at Penn State University.
"In the field, our teams are competing against each other, but behind the scenes, we're all after the same goal and that's safety, safety of our guests, our patrons and everybody who comes to enjoy the game day experience," said Lt. Vinny Bocchino, of the University of South Carolina's Police Department.
The event was the result of a nationwide survey conducted by NCS4 eight months ago. Marciani said it will be an annual event.