The National Center for Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) team has announced that the 12th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition will be held on Nov. 9-10 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The 2021 conference theme is “Reconnect. Reflect. Inspire.”
“We know how eager everyone is to gather in person, and we are excited to make that happen for our first face-to-face event since the COVID pandemic,” said Lauren Cranford, NCS4 director of operations. “We are working hard to bring meaningful content that is important and relevant to the sports and entertainment industry and look forward to sharing information and networking with peers during this exciting time together.”
The conference will provide an opportunity to reconnect with peers, reflect on industry changes and technological advancements, and support and inspire professionals making a difference in the safety and security of the sports and entertainment industries.
“We are looking forward to reconnecting with our industry friends and partners,” said Stacey A. Hall, NCS4 director and professor of sport management. “Much has been learned over the past year regarding policies, procedures, and technological solutions to ensure the safety of fans, participants, and staff as we return to live events. The conference serves as a vehicle to share this knowledge and proven practices and address rising industry issues.”
In addition to keynote speakers, an awards luncheon, and interactive panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, explore emerging technologies, and network with peers during the conference.
“The conference helps cross-discipline practitioners hear about the experiences, trials, and challenges others have already worked through. They can understand the why behind the process and interact with those involved,” said Jeff Stonebreaker, vice president of safety and security, MLS Soccer. “It is also important to stay current with trends and challenges in the industry. Moreover, success and growth is about relationships and helping each other.”
Additional information will be released soon, including topics, agenda, and speaker bios. Early-bird registration is available through Sept. 1 with fees of $500 for NCS4 Connect members and $535 for non-members. Prices will increase by $50 after Sept. 1.
Visit ncs4.usm.edu/conference to register or for more information.