ERIC Number: EJ970201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing for the Worst-Case Scenario--Planning Pays Off with First-Ever Stadium Evacuation
Bradley, Carol C.
Campus Law Enforcement Journal, v42 n1 p20-21 Jan-Feb 2012
It's Saturday, September 3, Notre Dame vs. South Florida--the first home game of the season--and nearing halftime. The only person feeling more pressure than Head Coach Brian Kelly is Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety and director of game day operations. Bad weather is on the way, and he's about to make the call to evacuate Notre Dame Stadium, for the first time in the football program's 123-year history. There's been an emergency plan for the stadium in place for years, as long as anyone can remember, but it had never needed to be put into use. Planning for an emergency had actually started in the summer, with the replacement of the 14-year-old sound system in the stadium--the decision was made to put speakers in the concourses so communication could be maintained with the crowd. In this article, the author shows the importance of being prepared for the worst-case scenario. Since the evacuation, Seamon has received calls from more than a dozen other colleges and universities asking how to make similar plans.
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, Crisis Management, Planning, College Athletics, Facilities, Team Sports, School Safety, Weather
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana