The NCS⁴'s research portfolio is purposefully designed to provide those with a vested interest in the safety and security of spectators at sports and entertainment venues in the US, and around the world, with a rich picture of current and emerging patterns and trends. To achieve this, three national-level research projects are conducted on an annual basis: (1) The National Sports and Entertainment Venue Safety and Security Survey; (2) The National Spectator Sports and Entertainment Safety and Security Survey; and (3) The National Venue Safety and Security Index.
The National Sports and Entertainment Venue Safety and Security Survey🔗
The National Sports and Entertainment Venue Safety and Security Survey is intended for VPs (or Directors) of Safety and Security for specific venues and Athletic Directors at the Intercollegiate level. The survey itself is broken down into eight sections: (A) venue usage and demographics, (B) personnel, (C) hires and separations, (D) budget, (E) security-related interactions with visitors, (F) organizational responses to issues/problems, (G) technology, and (H) feedback. The latter section provides an opportunity for participants to comment on survey responses, content, administration of the survey, or any other applicable information that may be relevant. The NCS⁴ distributes the survey electronically to the 800+ sports and entertainment venues across the US and produces an annual report that is accessible via the NCS⁴ research - publication tab but is also provided directly to those in the NCS⁴ network.
The National Spectator Sports and Entertainment Safety and Security Survey🔗
In an effort to triangulate findings, and increase our understanding of safety and security in and around sports and entertainment venues across the nation, the Center also conducts an annual survey of spectators from across the nation at both the professional and intercollegiate levels. The National Spectator Sports Safety and Security Survey not only captures aspects of fan perceptions of safety and security but also attempts to extract pertinent information about the routine game/event day behaviors. More specifically the survey delves into questions such as where spectators go before a game if they tailgate, and what mode of transport is taken to get a particular venue.
The National Venue Safety and Security Index🔗
The last of the three recurring research projects take advantage of open-source geocoded, time-stamped police-recorded incident data to analyze the patterns of crime and disorder that emerge around those venues that host MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS games. The National Venue Safety and Security Index provides a snapshot of the spatial and temporal trends related to safety and security for each of these respective venues. Utilizing a combination of geospatial statistical techniques, time-series analysis, and econometric models insight related to when and where problems emerge are quantified in an effort to provide guidance to stakeholders regarding the allocation of resources or potential interventions that might be considered to reduce or prevent incidents from occurring.