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Patron Management Institute

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.

SoFi Crowd Control Worker Sues Rams Over Brain Bleed Suffered During Brawl

SoFi Crowd Control Worker Sues Rams Over Brain Bleed Suffered During Brawl Andy Berg Dec 15, 2023 A 71-year-old crowd control worker at SoFi Stadium is suing the Los Angeles Rams  over a brain bleed he suffered during a brawl that transpired during a Dec. 8 Thursday Night Football game. According to the Los Angeles Times, Robert Leahey was working for a company that provides crowd control services that does not “raise to the expertise of more formal security services.” Leahey was diagnosed with “severe and catastrophic brain injuries, including a subdural hematoma with brain bleeding” and was hospitalized. APEX Security Group, which is listed as a defendant along with the Rams and two companies that “owned, controlled, operated and/or maintained SoFi Stadium,” supplied the security guards who responded to the fight, the lawsuit reads. Leahey was attempting to assist with controlling the brawl by making notes of those responsible for the fight. However, APEX security guards pushed Leahey out of the way, the suit alleges. Leahey fell down the stairs, and hit his head on the concrete several times. Security guards helped him up but he had trouble staying on his feet, experiencing “neurological issues.” Shortly thereafter someone threw a metal beer can Keep Reading

HS Football Game Evacuated Due to Shooting Near Stadium

Andy Berg, 11/3/23- Athletic Business No injuries were reported after a high school football stadium in Lake Charles, La., was evacuated in the fourth quarter of a game between Lake Charles College Prep and Kinder. KPLC 7 reported that police asked fans to leave the stadium as a precaution, and an announcement was made over the speakers in the stadium asking that fans evacuate. Lake Charles police are now investigating the shooting, which took place near Cougar Stadium in the 1600 block of Second Street. Police could not confirm whether anyone was injured or if anyone is in custody. No injuries were reported in relation to the evacuation of the stadium. At the time of the shooting Kinder led LCCP 21-12, but out of precaution, the game did not conclude on Thursday night. With the game being too close to determine an official outcome, the game will be resumed at a later date, but due to Hamilton Christian hosting Elton at Cougar Stadium on Friday night, Saturday is reportedly the likely date for when the game will resume.

Belgian police shoot dead suspected extremist accused of killing 2 Swedes in Brussels

Updated October 17, 20233:24 AM ET By The Associated Press Sylvain Plazy/AP BRUSSELS — Police in Belgium on Tuesday shot a suspected Tunisian extremist accused of killing two Swedish soccer fans in a brazen shooting on a Brussels street before disappearing into the night. Hours after a manhunt began in the Belgian capital, Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden told broadcaster VRT: “We have the good news that we found the individual.” She said that the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered. Amateur videos posted on social media of Monday’s attack showed a man wearing an orange fluorescent vest pull up on a scooter, take out a large weapon and open fire on passersby before chasing them into a building to gun them down. “Last night, three people left for what was supposed to be a wonderful soccer party. Two of them lost their lives in a brutal terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said at a news conference just before dawn. “Their lives were cut short in full flight, cut down by extreme brutality.” De Croo said his thoughts were with the victims’ families and that he had sent his condolences to the Swedish prime Keep Reading

Shootings at Youth Football Games Leave Kids in Crossfire

Andy Berg, October 11, 2023 Panic and chaos ensued at a youth football game Sunday after gunfire erupted at Thornridge HIgh School in Chicago’s south suburbs. The third quarter of a game between the Dolton Bears and the South Holland Jets when a man opened fire. “The first thing that came to our mind was to tell the children to get down, you know, get covered,” parent Dedric Scales told CBS. Witnesses say as many as 10 shots were fired around 2:45 when a man affiliated with the South Holland Jets had an altercation with a parent. The man, who was seen shooting aimlessly into the air, was quickly apprehended. Even though Dolton Police managed to get everything under control at the scene and no injuries were reported, the damage was already done. This is the second shooting in two weeks to happen at youth football game in the Chicago area. Last week a man was shot at Mandrake Park during a Chicago Hellcats game. But this type of gun violence isn’t just happening in Chicago. According to CBS 4, a 30-year-old St. Louis man was shot multiple times during a youth football practice on Tuesday. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department responded Keep Reading

11-Year-Old Florida Youth Football Player Arrested After Allegedly Shooting 2 Teammates

11-Year-Old Florida Youth Football Player Arrested After Allegedly Shooting 2 Teammates Complex Tue, October 3, 2023 An 11-year-old Florida boy has been arrested after he was accused of shooting two 13-year-olds following their youth football practice. As reported by NBC News, the incident occurred Monday night at the Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka, Florida, which is about 30 miles northwest of Orlando. On Tuesday, police released surveillance video of the incident. The 11-year-old was detained and charged with second-degree attempted murder. According to law enforcement, the shooting, which took place around 8 p.m., stemmed from an argument and physical fight that took place between the three boys during practice. The 11-year-old allegedly grabbed a gun out of his mother’s SUV, ran toward his teammates, and fired one shot, hitting one boy in the arm and another in the back. Both children were transported to the hospital, where one underwent surgery and is said to be in stable condition. They are each expected to make a full recovery. At a press conference on Tuesday, Apopka Police Chief Mike McKinley expressed his disdain for the country’s sad reality when it comes to gun violence. “We shouldn’t have 11-year-olds that have access to Keep Reading

Friday night lights under fire: High school football games are being blitzed by gun violence

By David K. Li and Corky Siemaszko, NBC, September 15, 2023 Gun violence is threatening to dim Friday night lights and endangering a beloved national pastime — high school football games. This season alone so far only six weeks into the academic year, there have already been at least 16 shootings, resulting in two deaths and 13 people wounded at games across the country, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database, which has been tracking this data since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. There have been two additional incidents at high school football fields this season: one where a crowd began a stampede after someone flashed a gun, and one where gunfire ended a Pop Warner game. Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, stated “It’s been sad to watch,” she said. “Horrific. It’s definitely the worst I can remember in 35 years as a teacher, coach, leader in sports.” Niehoff said that when her association meets with local sports administrators about boosting security at big games, football in particular, this kind of violence is the “elephant in the room.” She said she’s grateful that, so far, none of these shootings Keep Reading

Electric Zoo Festival spirals into chaos after maximum capacity prompts fans to storm gates

Electric Zoo Festival spirals into chaos after maximum capacity prompts fans to storm gates By Sonia Rincón WABC logo Monday, September 4, 2023 RANDALL’S ISLAND, Manhattan (WABC) — The Electric Zoo Festival reached maximum capacity Sunday night ‘due to unforeseen circumstances’ and did not let anyone else in for safety reasons. As a result, a crowd stormed the gates at the festival, causing even more chaos for an event that struggled to get on its feet on opening day. Around 6 p.m., security workers stopped letting people in – even those who bought tickets. Some fans did not leave quietly when they got to the gate and were told their ticket wouldn’t get them in. Soon after the news broke, social media videos show fans pushing their way in, rushing the gates, jumping over and crawling through a security checkpoint, then running into the festival. The situation left police helpless and unable to stop the sheer number of people rushing into the event held at Randall’s Park. While the festival still went on, many of the people who bought tickets and planned to go were turned away. Sonia Rincon has the details. Fans’ disappointment has been building since Friday when Keep Reading

49ers fans attack each other in massive brawl at Levi’s Stadium

Tony Kurzweil Fri, September 22, 2023 at 9:24 AM CDT·1 min read 284 A large fight erupted in the stands at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara during Thursday night’s NFL game. The San Francisco 49ers were taking on the New York Giants when a group of the so-called “Niner Gang” turned on each other. The video posted by @T_Stephenson1 on X shows what appeared to be a fight between two women when a male bystander grabbed the hair of one of the combatants and pulled her down. Another man then tried to get involved in the fight and ended up getting punched and kicked by the bystanders. Brawl at 49ers game Security guards arrived and control of the situation at that point. It was unclear what started the brawl or if any disciplinary action was taken against any of the participants. The 49ers had much less trouble on the field Thursday night, easily beating the Giants 30-12. Violent altercations between fans in the stands appear to be turning into a trend this season. 49ers fans were involved in a fight earlier this month during a preseason game against the Denver Broncos. A Patriots fan died following an altercation with a Keep Reading

Massachusetts police investigating death of Patriots fan during game at Gillette Stadium

Callie Lawson-Freeman Tue, Sep 19, 2023 The death of a man during Sunday night’s New England Patriots game against the Miami Dolphins is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police and a county district attorney’s office, according to multiple reports. The 53-year-old was identified as Dale Mooney by the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, per a report from NBC News. He was in 300-level seating inside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, when he had an “apparent medical event” before 11 p.m., state police reportedly said. Police and firefighters responded and he was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, according to the report. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death as part of “normal protocol,” the prosecutor’s office told NBC News. Charges have yet to be filed in connection to Mooney’s death. Progress of the active investigation will depend on an autopsy, which could be conducted Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office’s statement reportedly said. People tailgate outside Gillette Stadium before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A man died at Gillette Stadium during an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Keep Reading

Madagascar stadium crush claims 12, 80 hurt

Article posted by Coliseum, September 4th, 2023 At least 12 people have been killed and 80 injured after a stampede occurred of sport fans trying to enter Madagascar’s (an island country lying off the southeastern coast of Africa) national stadium for the opening ceremony of the Indian Ocean Island Games. ‘ALJAZEERA’ stated that the stampede occurred at the entrance to the Barea Stadium on August 25th where a crowd of about 50,000 spectators had arrived to attend the event. The 41,000-capacity Kianja Barea Mahamasina is a rugby union and football stadium, also used for concerts and athletics, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The Indian Ocean Island Games is a quadrennial multisport event from the Indian Ocean island nations. The Games was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977 and currently gather the island nations and territories of Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Réunion, and the Maldives. The 2023 Indian Ocean Island Games kicked off in Madagascar from August 25th and will continue till September 3rd. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a non-governmental sports organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is constituted in the form of an association under the Swiss Civil Code. ‘ALJAZEERA’ further stated that Madagascar’s Prime Minister Christian Ntsay told reporters at a hospital in Antananarivo, Keep Reading

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