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The NFL is getting more serious about conduct in the stands.
This year, its teams are requiring any fan who gets ejected from a stadium to take a four-hour online course before they are permitted to come back into the facility again.
The course, designed by psychotherapist Dr. Ari Novick in tandem with the MetLife Stadium security director Daniel DeLorenzi, focuses on alcohol abuse, anger management and crude behavior. A handful of teams have used the course over the past couple seasons, but this summer, as part of a review of their best practices, every team decided to enforce the course on offending fans this season.
Novick said when fans get ejected from a game this year, they will be sent a letter that encourages them to apologize to the team and complete the course. If they fail to meet the requirement, and they are caught on stadium property, they are told they could be arrested for trespassing.
Not only do fans have to take the course if they want to come back to the stadium, they have to pay for it, too. Costs vary by team. The Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons charge the least at $50, while the New England Patriots charge a league-high $100. When a fan completes the course, Novick's company forwards that information to the club.
Skeptics might wonder how teams are going to keep track of ejected fans from week to week. Ray DiNunzio, the NFL's director of strategic security, told ESPN the monitoring will vary by team but could at some point involve facial recognition technology.
Approximately 7,000 people were ejected from NFL stadiums last season. The number varied by team but some teams are known to be more strict in certain areas than others. The Oakland Raiders, for example, have a zero-tolerance policy for smoking. DiNunzio said the Raiders could eject up to 300 fans a game for lighting up...
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Stadiums have long utilized technology to improve the fan experience, but the latest improvements have been behind the scenes. The Twins are the latest team to implement a high-tech camera system which has greatly improved stadium security.
Before the 2013 BCS Discover Orange Bowl between Florida State and Northern Illinois kick-off at Sun Life Stadium Tuesday night, authorities were working on some extreme security measures to keep more than 76,000 thousand people safe.
“We’re just doing an explosion detection sweep and he’ll pick up any type of explosives that are in the area," said Miami-Dade Police Lt. Jeff Schmidinger, who was accompanied by his K-9 partner Bo. "We have bomb technicians in case he gives an alert and were just checking everything out and making sure everything is secure.”
With a nose about 350 times more sensitive than a human’s, Bo along with 13 more explosion detection dogs will be doing security sweeps everywhere from delivery trucks, locker rooms, stadium seats and more.
“Fans can expect to see them at a couple of the gates. Normally we have them at all the gates but now we have them at all the gates but today we’ll have them at a select few of the gates and the dogs will be posted there until the end of the game," Schmidinger said.
The security sweep is just one of the many layers of security the Miami-Dade Police department has put in place to provide a safe environment for all spectators to enjoy the game and a safe new year...
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