Tag: Prevent Advisors

OVG Goes Into the Bubble With NHL

The Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche warm up before an exhibition game Wednesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. (Getty Images) Execs from Seattle, Prevent Advisors among those handling roles in Toronto, Edmonton OVG Facilities is playing a key supporting role for the NHL to get safely back on the ice to complete the 2019-20 season during the pandemic, said Peter Luukko, co-chairman of OVG’s Arena Alliance. The group has 12 officials equally distributed within the two “bubbles” in Toronto and Edmonton. The two NHL cities serve as the hubs for 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup. Playoff qualifier series begin Saturday at Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Place, nearly five months after the season was halted by the COVID-19 crisis.  The conference finals and Stanley Cup Finals, set for Rogers Place, will run into October. “The NHL hired us to assist them in setting up the bubbles and […]

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What Defunding Police May Mean for Venue Security

STADIUM BEAT: Los Angeles Police Department officers stand watch at an entrance to Dodger Stadium. (Getty Images) Changes could increase hiring from private security companies With calls to defund police departments supported by a segment of the public in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, many in our industry are asking how such measures could impact venue security. Though some are demanding the more extreme measure of abolishing the police entirely, most are calling for a reallocation of funds, a movement that is starting to gain momentum in cities including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Portland and Minneapolis. Officials in these metropolitan areas say 90% of the police budget is spent on salaries and defunding will inevitably lead to staffing issues. “This has some really significant implications,” said Mike Downing of Prevent Advisors (a division of Oak View Group, VenuesNow’s parent company). “The […]

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Traditional Security Risks Haven’t Left the Scene

STAYING VIGILANT: Traditional threats to events must still be accounted for. (Getty Images) Experts stress that we shouldn’t let our guard down during pandemic As the coronavirus pandemic occupies the attention of venue managers and related business operators, some in the industry say it’s important that no one lose sight of the kinds of security risks that were top of mind prior to the current crisis. The events of Sept. 11, 2001; the Boston Marathon bombing in April, 2013; the November 2015 attacks on the Bataclan nightclub in Paris and Stade de France in Saint-Denis; and the October 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival are examples of the kinds of events that have kept those involved with staging sports and other live events awake at night. And as the industry inches its way back toward a resumption of operations, the sad reality is, there are those who would take advantage […]

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Security Draws the Line Between Performers, Fans

NBA player Russell Westbrook talks to fans during an incident in Denver. (Getty Images) Recent interactions illustrate the need to monitor crowds for potential misbehavior Tennis pro Monica Seles was stabbed by a crazed fan of rival player Steffi Graf during a quarterfinal match in Hamburg on April 30, 1993, an incident that prompted a significant increase in security at major events like Wimbledon. More recently Jay-Z and Beyoncé were accosted by a fan who jumped on the stage in August at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta during their On the Run II tour, only to be subdued by the duo’s dancers.  Just last month, retired pro wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart was knocked to the ground by a fan as he delivered a speech while being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. NBA star Russell Westbrook was involved in a confrontation with fans in Salt Lake City […]

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