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The Patron Management Institute (PMI) is dedicated to providing the highest quality training for those front-line staff members who work directly with patrons. The training program was developed by an internationally recognized advisory board specialized in crowd management, facility safety, patron management, and instructional design to make sure each training module addresses specific industry needs. Through undertaking and passing the training program, and subsequent shadowing requirements, employees/students can become Certified in Patron Management (CPM) and become Patron Leaders.

What fans need to know about coronavirus

From MLB By Andrew Simon @AndrewSimonMLB March 21, 2020 Major League Baseball, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, has suspended the remainder of Spring Training games and has delayed the start of the 2020 regular season. The decision came after discussions with all 30 teams, as well as the MLB Players Association. While the season initially was delayed for two weeks, it was pushed back further on Monday, in response to updated recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which urged a restriction on events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. “MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead,” the league stated in a release. “The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins. We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus.” For the players preparing for a new season, and the fans excited for Opening Day, Keep Reading

Game Zero: Spread of coronavirus linked to a Champions League game in Italy on Feb. 19

By Tales Azzoni and Andrew Dampf Associated Press | Mar 25, 2020 It was the biggest soccer game in Atalanta’s history and a third of Bergamo’s population made the short trip to Milan’s famed San Siro Stadium. Nearly 2,500 fans of visiting Spanish club Valencia also traveled to that Champions League match. More than a month later, experts are pointing to the Feb. 19 game as one of the biggest reasons why Bergamo has become one of the epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic — a “biological bomb” was the way one respiratory specialist put it — and why 35% of Valencia’s team became infected. The match, which local media have dubbed “Game Zero,” was held two days before the first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was confirmed in Italy. “We were mid-February so we didn’t have the circumstances of what was happening,” Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori said this week during a live Facebook chat with the Foreign Press Association in Rome. “If it’s true what they’re saying that the virus was already circulating in Europe in January, then it’s very probable that 40,000 Bergamaschi in the stands of San Siro, all together, exchanged the virus between them. As is possible Keep Reading

What really happened with the Barstool Storm Chasers at the UConn game

March 9, 2020 What really happened with the Barstool Storm Chasers at the UConn game By Sean Janos Sports Thursday night at Gampel Pavilion, the Huskies upset No. 21 Houston on their senior night in one of the team’s biggest wins of the season. However, a lot of media attention went toward the three men from Barstool Sports who were there “chasing a storm.” The three men, Adam Ferrone, Caleb Pressley and their producer Andrew Enriquez, who goes by “Chef Donnie,” were arrested and removed from the game early in the second half. All three were charged with criminal trespassing. Pressley and Enriquez were also getting charged with interfering with an officer. Ferrone and Pressley, known by their fans as “Storm Chasers,” travel to basketball games across the country looking for a home underdog to upset a ranked opponent. As is customary in a lot of these upsets, they try to storm the court with the student section, hence why they call themselves Storm Chasers. I spoke to Ferrone, who goes by “Rone,” shortly after they were released from the UConn Police Station Thursday night. “We are on a country wide-journey called Storm Chasers. What we do is we go from Keep Reading

Massive brawl breaks out at end of Kansas-Kansas State game

Ryan YoungWriter January 21, 2020 The end of No. 3 Kansas’ 81-60 win against Kansas State did not go well on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Instead, the blowout rivalry game ended in an all-out brawl. As Kansas started dribbling out the clock while holding a 22-point lead in the final seconds, Kansas State’s DaJuan Gordon stole the ball and started dribbling down the court in an effort to secure one last layup. Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa, however, sprinted behind Gordon and came up with a massive block as he attempted the layup, sending Gordon down into the baseline. Almost instantly, both teams swarmed the scene on the baseline, which sparked the wild brawl that spilled down into the crowd and media section underneath the basket. Several punches were thrown in the incident, and De Sousa even picked up a chair at one point, though it was taken away from him before he could do anything with it. It took several arena staff, coaches, police officers and even cheerleaders to break up the fight. After things had settled, both teams were called back out from the locker rooms and one-tenth of a second was added back onto the clock. Kansas Keep Reading

Teen facing murder charge after victim shot at Dallas high school basketball game dies

BILL HUTCHINSON January 19, 2020 Teen facing murder charge after victim shot at Dallas high school basketball game dies originally appeared on A 15-year-old boy arrested in a shooting that broke out this month at a high school basketball game in Dallas is now facing a murder charge after one of the victims died from his wounds, police said. The victim, 18-year-old Marc Strickland, died at 2:59 p.m. on Saturday, a week after being rushed to a hospital with a bullet wound to the chest, according to the Dallas Police Department. Charges against the suspected gunman, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, were upgraded to murder, police said in a statement. Strickland was a former student in the Dallas Independent School District and had recently transferred to a charter school, Dallas education officials said. The shooting unfolded on Jan. 11 during a game between South Oak Cliff and Kimball high schools, prompting players and coaches to duck for cover and fans to race for the exits, video of the incident showed. A Dallas Independent School District police officer was grazed by a bullet when she attempted to confront the gunman, police said. The shooting erupted Keep Reading

Dodgers Fan Sues Team for Alleged Lack of Security Leading to Assault

The lawsuit states Dodgers security did not take steps to ensure the plaintiff’s safety. By City News Service • Published at 5:52 pm on December 5, 2019 A Dodgers fan who alleges the team provided inadequate security and a lack of uniformed Los Angeles police officers the night he was beaten by two other men inside Dodger Stadium during an extra-inning playoff game in 2018 is suing the National League team and his two alleged assailants. Milton Flores’ Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, Guggenheim Baseball Management LP, Guggenheim Baseball Management GP LLC and the two alleged assailants, Robert and Jaime Joe Berumen. The suit does not state the relationship between the Berumens. The suit filed Wednesday seeks unspecified damages. A Dodgers representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The suit states that “upon information and belief” Dodger Stadium has the highest crime rate of any Major League Baseball venue. The team previously staffed security with off-duty uniformed Los Angeles police officers and both sworn and non-sworn security guards, the suit states. The team decreased security in 2004, possibly because of former owner Frank McCourt’s financial troubles, the suit states. Four Keep Reading

Yale stuns Harvard as protest draws national attention, dozens of arrests

By Jim Fuller and Dan Haar Updated 11:27 pm EST, Saturday, November 23, 2019 NEW HAVEN — Spurred by a generational call to action on climate change, hundreds of spectators stormed the Yale Bowl field Saturday in protest, delaying by 40 minutes a Yale-Harvard football game that was momentous even without a collision of sports and political culture. It was two historic events playing out in parallel. Yale’s double-overtime, comeback win over Harvard — a 50-43 stunner — instantly took on legendary status in the annals of one of college football’s most prestigious rivalries. And likewise, the climate protesters’ uprising at halftime showed the rising sense of urgency, led by students worldwide, that powerful institutions such as Harvard and Yale be forced to reckon with what they call the evils of fossil fuels. The protesters – Yale Endowment Justice Coalition and Divest Harvard, listed on the pamphlet obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media – demanded with chants and unfurled signs that both universities clear their combined, $71 billion endowments of investments in corporations tied to oil, gas and coal. They also protested the schools’ holdings in Puerto Rico debt, seen as exploitation of a poor, besieged territory of the U.S.

Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting survivors sue organizers of the event

By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde- LA Times Nov. 12, 2019 Five people injured in a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July are suing the event’s organizers, saying negligent security contributed to the deadly encounter. Randall Scarlett, an attorney representing the shooting survivors, filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Tuesday morning, four months after the shooting in Northern California that left three dead and more than a dozen injured. The suit says the Gilroy Garlic Festival Assn. and the security company working the event, First Alarm Security and Inc., should have been aware of the risk of a mass shooting, increased patrols and secured the perimeter at the event. “They had an entire back area [that] had no monitoring whatsoever,” Scarlett said at a news conference. “What’s the price you’re willing to pay to say the risk is too great? Reasonable steps would have avoided this completely.” The survivors are seeking an unspecified amount in compensation, partly to cover growing medical costs, according to Scarlett. Thousands were in attendance at the popular food festival at the “Garlic Capital of the World” in Santa Clara County when a gunman later identified as Santino William Legan opened fire, authorities said. Keep Reading

String of shootings at high school football games continues with 2 teens injured in Philadelphia

String of shootings at high school football games continues with 2 teens injured in Philadelphia By marc nathanson Sep 21, 2019 For at least the fifth week in a row, a shooting has taken place during a high school football game. Two teens injured in Philadelphia are the latest victims in a string of shootings that have taken place at or near high school football games across the country. A 15-year-old and a 14-year-old were shot Friday night during a football game at Philadelphia’s Simon Gratz High School, according to Philadelphia ABC station WPVI. The sound of the gunshots sent people running across the field as the P.A. announcer called on spectators to evacuate. “Security, could you please clear the stadium,” the announcer said as spectators sprinted across the field. “Everybody out.” It was not immediately clear if the shots rang out inside or outside the stadium, but police said multiple shell casings were found outside, according to reports. The shooting halted the game in the second quarter. Police said no arrests have been made, and a weapon has not been recovered. “People at the stadium, both the security, the police officers, and those that were present, are all trying Keep Reading

Bills will increase police and security presence for home opener to contain unruly fans

Shanna McCarriston Sep 19, 2019 Buffalo Bills fans are known for their wild tailgates, but for this season’s home opener they may be stopped from throwing each other off tables and lighting things on fire. With the Bills off to a 2-0 start, officials in the area are worried the scene may be even crazier than normal and are taking precautions at New Era Field. For Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the stadium will be equipped with 300 law enforcement personnel and 300 private security personal in an attempt to contain the crazy. The Orchard Park area, where the stadium sits, is also planning to increase patrols on the road for the game. Bills vice president of operations and guest experience Andy Major says that the efforts to control the fans and increase stadium safety is getting better, but there is room for improvement. “Not that long ago, we averaged 30 (in-stadium) arrests per game and 140 ejections a game,” he told The Buffalo News. “Last year we averaged three arrests and 46 ejections a game. We’re not perfect. We know that. Local police do not believe the majority of fans cause a disturbance, but that rather a small Keep Reading

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