Stadium Security Guide: Best Anti-Terrorism Practices for Large Venues

CCICADA Anti-Terror Guide Is Based on Research into Best Security Practices at Sports Stadiums, Arenas and other Large Venues

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, obtained SAFETY Act certification with help from CCICADA’s Best Practices in Anti-Terrorism Security Guide. Photo source: Google Images

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This guide to Best Practices in Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) is an essential resource for sports stadiums and other venue owners seeking to minimize risk and enhance resilience at their facilities. Download guide

Millions of Americans attend sporting events and other entertainment at the nation’s stadiums, arenas and other large venues each year, supporting an estimated $40 billion dollars in annual economic activity.

Due to their iconic value, visibility and the large crowds they attract, these venues make attractive terrorist targets. CCICADA’s Best Practices in Anti-Terrorism Security in Sporting and Entertainment Venues Resource Guide (BPATS) was written to guide owners and operators in developing and strengthening the anti-terrorism readiness of these venues.

The federal Office of Safety Act Implementation (OSAI), under the US Department of Homeland Security, offers CCICADA’s Best Practices in Anti-Terrorism Security (often referred to as BPATS 1) on its website as a knowledge resource for venue operators.

It is highly recommended reading for venues seeking to obtain federal SAFETY Act certification for their anti-terror technologies and programs and to purchase related security-insurance coverage.

Certification under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act provides legal liability protections not otherwise available for venues adopting anti-terror measures.

“It’s the first of its kind guide,” said Dr. Erroll Southers, managing director for Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection at TAL Global, an international security consulting firm. “And for a nation staring down truly evil, adaptive and determined adversaries, BPATS is a priceless and essential tool.”

To date, at least nine professional sports stadiums have achieved SAFETY Act certification or designation, including Citi Field (NY Mets); FedEx Field (Washington Redskins); Forty Niners Stadium; Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots); Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers); MetLife Stadium (NY Jets and Giants); NRG Stadium (Houston Texans); University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); and Yankee Stadium in NYC.

“The BPATS I guide presents important components of a stadium anti-terrorism security plan. This knowledge product has been well received and used by security professionals across the United States,” said Bruce Davidson, director of the DHS Office of SAFETY Act Implementation (OSAI).


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