Major sporting events are the highlight of the year for many people. People will plan their entire schedule and their year around a major sporting event. If their team is able to make it into some sort of final, these individuals are happy to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in order to watch their team play live.
Of course, being in a stadium with tens of thousands of individuals who are spurred on by emotion because of their team presents a lot of challenges as far as security is concerned. Turnstile security systems are an integral part of the entire security apparatus that is used to keep both participants and spectators at major sporting events safe.
Law-enforcement officials have a huge job ahead of them when it comes to planning and managing a major sporting event or any other special event that is held in a large stadium. Both the planners and law enforcement must mentally prepare for the worst case scenario. These worst-case scenarios would include things like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, disorderly individuals, and protests.
Of course, this is not as easy to do as it sounds. One of the challenges that providing security at these types of events creates is finding the right balance between security and providing an enjoyable environment for the people who are watching the program. Venue owners want their venue to be safe, but at the same time they are keenly interested in individuals attending their events having an enjoyable time, and they want their events to be profitable.
Safety concerns must be balanced against constitutional rights. For example, the safest thing to do would be to ban any protest at an event. However, the Constitution in the United States guarantees freedom of speech and assembly. This is a basic freedom that is guaranteed in the vast majority of countries around the world. So a line has to be drawn between securing an event and preventing individuals from exercising this basic right.
When it comes to providing security at large events, communication is key. Communication can mean the difference between intervening in a potentially dangerous event before it gets out of control, and only being able to respond to an event after the situation has gotten to the point where very little can be done to contain it.
When it comes to hosting events, planning is key. However, when an event is properly prepared, organized, and security concerns are taken into consideration, it can be an enjoyable event for both participants and spectators.