National Sports Leagues Security Priorities
Access control, incident management, video surveillance, and spectator violence are some examples of security priorities for major national sports organizations such as the Miami Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium and the Hungarian Ferencvaros' Groupama Arena.
Hard Rock Stadium Security
- Security priorities for South Florida's Hard Rock Stadium, which is home to the NFL's Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes football team, are access control, identity and incident management, and video surveillance.
- Multiple vendors, construction projects, and fan behavior constitute a persistent challenge to stadiums across the U.S.
- The stadium decided to install a high-tech solution to the challenges of ensuring access to sensitive areas was limited to authorized personnel, tracking security issues to their origin, and allowing security personnel to "maintain a watchful eye inside and outside the stadium."
- While renovating the stadium in 2015, the owners established a central security command center where highly-trained security personnel could more efficiently monitor the interior and exterior of the stadium, the perimeter, and the parking lots.
- Over 400 cameras were installed around the stadium to record incidents and a case management software platform was installed to collect comprehensive data from checkpoints throughout the stadium, including entry points and exits.
- The software automated the reporting and alert process, allowing security to respond proactively to incidents.
- Security personnel was trained in best practices and response procedures to provide "concierge, gate, roving patrol and Security Operations Center services."
Hungarian Groupama Arena
- A security priority for the Groupama Arena in Hungary, where the professional football team Ferencvaros plays, was spectator violence.
- The Hungarian security company BioSec teamed up with technology giant Fujitsu to develop StadiumGuard, a biometric palm vein recognition device that is designed to ensure banned individuals from entering the stadium.
- The StadiumGuard device is "palm vein scanner solution that grants access to thousands of ticket holders into the stadium, while keeping banned individuals outside."
- Spectators who have been added to the system as a previous security risk are blacklisted from re-entering the stadium.
- When fans entering the stadium for an event wave their hand above a sensor at one of the stadium's 36 entry points, a green light will show if the person is allowed into the stadium. Blacklisted individuals will not trigger a green light.
- Since installing StadiumGuard in 2014, there have been "zero acts of violence, zero pyrotechnics, and zero racist abuse" at the stadium, which has a capacity of 23,500 patrons.
- An additional program that may be instituted at the stadium in the future is RapidGuard, which uses palm vein recognition to "ensure 100% personalized tickets for high security authentication and access control."