Anticipating Safety and Security at Large-Scale Sporting Events

People throughout the world—regardless of their culture, religion, or political preferences—are passionate about sports. Each year, sports enthusiasts funnel billions of dollars into the global sports industry by attending sporting events and purchasing sports-related merchandise. There is likely no other common interest that attracts the level of worldwide media coverage as is devoted to sports. While the societal benefits of sports are immeasurable, the global appeal of a major sporting event represents an attractive target for those seeking to maximize the impact of malicious strikes in the name of individual, political, or terrorist causes.