Security workshop seeks to enrich stadium experience for all

Participants in the CONCACAF Security Workshop, held October 25-27, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica, gather for a group photo.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – With last Thursday’s Scotiabank CONCACAF League finale as the backdrop, stadium security took center stage in the confederation.

Olimpia may have prevailed over host Santos de Guapiles at the Estadio Nacional on penalty kicks to lift the trophy, but a group 31 individuals -- with key roles to play in keeping matches safe in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Mexico -- participated in a three-day workshop at the Hotel Barceló that concluded Friday.

Security issues were identified and a forum for solutions was established.

“It is important to hold these types of seminars, so that we can assure fan safety and keep working on improving security measures to allow families to keep returning to our matches,” said Victor Hugo Estrada, CONCACAF’s Head of Development in Central America.

Staging a match successfully is more than just what happens on the playing field.  An ability to provide a safe environment for spectators, players, referees and others is vital.

As a result, meeting participants from member associations, leagues and clubs were asked to submit their stadium security plans.  In addition, incident occurrences were also shared in order to assist in the development of better security strategies and pinpoint prevention processes.

“One of the biggest challenges in security today is the proper control of supporter groups within our region,” Estrada commented.  “We also have to focus on continuing to improve stadium infrastructure to help with certain security issues.”

Ultimately, what does Estrada want the workshop to achieve over the long run?

“I hope that we improve in the overall planning and organization of all matches that we hold across our region,” he finished.

That’s something in which all of football’s stakeholders can appreciate.




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