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Update on COVID-19

NCS4's core mission is to assess safety and security threats to ensure the safety of event attendees. After evaluating the latest updates and concerns across the United States regarding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Entertainment Safety and Security Summit in Biloxi, Miss. It is our goal to work with S2 Event Security, and The Golden Nugget Biloxi to reschedule the Summit for a later date to be announced. This inaugural event remains important to us and we are striving to make it a reality. Above all other factors, we put the safety of our attendees and facilitators at the forefront of our decision making. It would be against our values and mission as a center to turn a blind eye to the unknown risks associated with COVID-19 just for the sake of one of our events. This was a difficult decision that may cause disruption and disappointment, but nonetheless we feel compelled to take these steps in light of the most recent evidence.

If you are a registered attendee, it is not necessary to cancel your registration as we will continue to hold those registrations and honor them for the rescheduled 2020 Entertainment Safety and Security Summit. Once more information about a proposed date and agenda is solidified, we will continue to update the industry through email and our social media channels.

James Skrmetta
Manager of Marketing and Communications
National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)
The University of Southern Mississippi

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NCS4 hosts annual academic forums across the United States to address the key critical safety and security challenges facing industry professionals in their specific fields. The events lead up to a national conference that is the culmination of each specific discipline coming together with their findings.

Eventgoers are made up of top safety and security professionals. Our target audience includes a wide range of security directors and operators, facility and stadium managers, event planners/operators, law enforcement personnel, emergency managers, fire/hazmat, emergency medical/health services, athletic sport administrators, and governmental representatives. These are individuals representing or supporting professional sport venues, intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, marathon/endurance events, and commercial sport and entertainment facilities.

Entertainment Safety and Security Summit
March 24-26, 2020
Biloxi, Mississippi

National Sports Safety and Security Conference
June 30 - July 2, 2020
San Antonio, Texas