Southern Miss National Center wraps up successful Pro Security Summit

Southern Miss National Center wraps up successful Pro Security Summit

This is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi 

The inaugural Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit, held March 8-10 at The University of Southern Mississippi, accomplished all pre-conference goals and objectives, according to Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).

"Well-qualified safety and security thought leaders were able to address critical safety and security issues facing those responsible for professional sport facilities," said Marciani. "Every stadium, arena and track present unique challenges in implementing best operatory practices. The Summit provided an opportunity for industry professional to come together and discuss best practices in a collaborative environment with the goal of developing a comprehensive guide that will be the industry standard."

More than 80 industry experts attended the summit which serves as the only annual combined meeting for professional and minor league safety and security professionals. Attendees included event and facility managers, operations personnel, local/state law enforcement, government officials, emergency managers, fire/hazMat and emergency medical/health services, and invited solution providers.

Jim Mercurio, vice president, stadium operations/general manager for the San Francisco 49ers, recently helped coordinate one of sports' biggest events – the Super Bowl. Levi's Stadium, home of the NFL's 49ers, hosted the 50th edition of pro football's championship game. He commended NCS4 officials for taking a lead role in safety and security at spectator events.

"We are very proud to be part of this summit," said Mercurio. "NCS4 is out front in establishing best practices for professional leagues and colleges, and we fully support their efforts. Communication and collaboration are essential as we continue to look for ways to improve safety and security at our venues."

The summit featured keynote speakers and panel discussions covering such topics as parking lot security, gun-carrying issues relative to off-duty personnel, and violent extremist attacks. Attendees came from as far away as Canada, England, and China.

The summit provided attendees with an opportunity to participate in moderated discussions (round robin) designated within the following topic areas:

Event Day Safety and Security

Crowd Dynamics/Management

Emergency Action Planning

Staff Development and Performance

Facilities Design/Technology

Risk/Threat/Vulnerability Assessment and Secure and Safety Aware Culture

To learn more about the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at Southern Miss, call 601.266.6183 or visit: