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Partner News

New Members

Treat 'Em Right Discovery Visits

Who Stole Tom Brady's Jersey? Here's how NFL Security Reportedly Caught the Thief

The Great Communicator

Arkansas Reconsiders Letting Guns in Stadiums, Arenas

Can You Measure Your Building's Penetration Risk?

Venue Operations Summit





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•  Partner News • 

NCS4 - 2017 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition

NCS4We hope you will make plans to join us for the eighth annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 11-13, 2017 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Florida. Hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), the theme this year is Building Resiliency in the Sports Safety and Security Industry.

Target Audience - Sports venue and event operators, managers, security and safety staff, first responders, law enforcement. These are representatives from the following levels: professional leagues, intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics and marathon/endurance events.

The conference will focus on building security and resiliency capabilities to ensure the ability of a sports organization to anticipate, prepare, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruption in order to survive and prosper. Whether it is resilience towards acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters, our national preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. Several conference highlights include:

National Forum - "The Potential of Civil Disturbance at Sporting Events"
Case Studies - Lessons learned from sports incidents
Interactive Game Concept - Enhancing resiliency security with long-term planning
Town Hall Meetings - Join your designated group of peers to discuss the latest issues and challenges among marathons, interncollegiate and interscholastic athletics, and professional sport facilities
Roundtables - A variety of pertinent topics such as bag search procedures, drone regulations, and parking lot safety
Technology - Browse the latest solutions in the exhibit hall and schedule one-on-one meetings with exhibitors

The EARLY BIRD rate ends May 15th, don't delay. Register Now!


Energy Star - Join EPA for a New Webinar Series on Tracking and Managing Waste

Energy StarThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program, in partnership with EPA's WasteWise program, is excited to launch a new webinar series on tracking and managing waste.

Join this engaging webinar series to learn how to track waste and materials in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, hear best practices from building partners and waste providers, and become familiar with emerging industry trends.

Through this series, you'll discover how you can leverage your experience with improving building energy efficiency to track and reduce waste and achieve your sustainability goals.

To register for an upcoming session, click the link below or visit If you won't be able to attend, you can still view recorded webinars at this site. (Click "View Event Recordings" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.) If you have any questions, please contact

How to track waste & materials in Portfolio Manager
Rolling out waste tracking cross your portfolio
How to work with your hauler to get better waste data
Technology solutions to waste tracking
Trends in tracking waste data in Portfolio Manager
Engaging Tenants on Recycling
10-minute takes: highlights from commercial real estate partners


National Institute of Building Sciences & Green Sports Alliance - New Report Looks at Energy and Water Performance of Sports Venues 

It might not seem like installing a low-flush toilet would have much impact on the daily water use of a family of four, but think what a difference it could make at one football stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Consider the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the location of the game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. It has a seating capacity of 71,795, not including the thousands of vendors, security personnel and half-time participants, not to mention the teams themselves. Now, think about the impact that low-flush toilet could have.

A new report released last month by the National Institute of Building Sciences and the Green Sports Alliance looks at ways the nation's sports venues can make an impact by reducing their energy and water use. The report, Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues, considers the potential water and energy reductions the U.S. sports sector could make, and highlights the financial savings some leagues and teams are already seeing from putting such efficiency initiatives into place. The two organizations released the report during the 43rd Annual Stadium Managers Association Seminar, being held February 5 - 9, 2017, in Huntington Beach, California.

Download this in pdf format here.

Interested in the findings? Click here to download the report, Taking the Field: Advancing Energy and Water Efficiency in Sports Venues.

Are you a stadium or arena manager? The survey is still open. Take the survey here.


•  New Members • 

Manager Members
Al Capitos
Purdue University

Corporate Members

Thomas Cannon
First Data

Paul Carlson
SideKick USA, LLC

Jacob Carr
Crane Composites

Richard Valentine
Impact Safety Systems


•  Treat 'Em Right Discovery Visits • 

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I was the guy who bought prescription Ray Bans for the 2017 Annual SMA Seminar but there was no sun. So I wore them during my presentation, "Swimming with Bricks." It was all about enhancing Fan Experiences despite security procedures.

Thanks to all who passed compliments along and asked for more information.

I work nationally with clients who strive to exceed expectations both for their customers and workers. My training programs are used by several large cities for all front-line and management workers in the tourism, special events and meetings industries. In the past I have worked for all stadiums and arenas in my hometown of St. Louis, MO. Clients are spread among 43 states since 2000.

Discovery Visit OFFER

It all starts with a Discovery Visit to your stadium or place of business where I:
Observe operations
Interview staff and stakeholders
Identify barriers to progress
From there I write a GAP analysis report and propose solutions. I usually charge $3500 a day +t/e for the Discovery Visit and report.

Starting in April 2017 I am offering all SMA members a 50% discount for 2017 Discovery Visits.

For more information contact me at and visit my site at


•  Who Stole Tom Brady's Jersey? Here's how NFL Security Reportedly Caught the Thief • 

CBS Sports

The long, national nightmare of the missing Tom Brady Super Bowl LI has finally come to an end, with the NFL announcing the league's security found Brady's jersey , along with a missing jersey from Super Bowl XLIX, in Mexico with the help of the FBI.

Yes, the FBI got involved, because this is now officially an international incident. Brady's jersey was stolen from the locker room after the Patriots incredible 25-point comeback against the Falcons.

The story is pretty absurd, because it's stolen merchandise, but the details surrounding how the NFL caught the guy are also fascinating. And they come via Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, revealing the details on "Undisputed" Monday morning.

Read the full article here.


•  The Great Communicator •

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The Ringer

Terry Francona has rebuilt Cleveland into a title contender and reassumed his position as a baseball legend. He's equally revered for his managerial innovations and quirky quotes, and he's happy to talk about it all - after he pulls his tooth out of his tobacco.

Read the full article here.



•  Arkansas Reconsiders Letting Guns in Stadiums, Arenas •

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas.

The Arkansas Senate voted 22-10 to add the exemption to a new state law that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Wednesday allowing concealed handguns at colleges, government buildings, some bars and even the state Capitol. It allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry in the locations if they complete eight hours of active-shooter training.

Read the full article here.


•  Can You Measure Your Building's Penetration Risk? •


IN Homeland Security

How can you measure your risk of unauthorized entry? Until now, it's been virtually impossible. When it comes to security entrances, new analytics technologies (e.g. PSIM, IoT, etc.) are emerging, and it's becoming possible to use technology, combined with people, to tap into security entrance metrics as part of an overall physical security strategy.

Measuring penetration risk is about prediction, and to accurately predict requires a reliable tailgating prevention strategy, otherwise any PSIM or other available analytical tool will fall short. In this article, we'll talk about the challenges security professionals face related to penetration risk measurement; later, in a second article, we'll demonstrate how a tailgating prevention strategy actually works and the metrics that can help predict your risk of penetration.

Read Part 1 of this 2-Part Series here.

Read Part 2 of this 2-Part Series here.


•  Venue Operations Summit •