Large Stadium Protection Relies On See Something, Say Something Awareness

Protecting the perimeters of public venues, including those hosting mass gatherings such as concerts and sporting events around the world, is yet another security-measure priority to thwart terror attacks, and even more so now in the aftermath of a suicide bombing after a concert in England on May 22.

The terror attack, which killed 22 people and injured at least 120, forced the British government to elevate the terror threat level from “severe” to “critical” to suggest the potential for another attack had increased. It marked the first time in 10 years that the threat level was raised to critical.

A bomb exploded in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena as fans exited just after the concert had ended. The blast became the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings, which killed 52 people and injured more than 700.

With summer rapidly approaching, the concert season is officially upon us. Large crowds present a realistic target for a staged terror attack, including packed concerts and sporting events.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reminds spectators to report suspicious activity and contact local law enforcement agencies. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw
  • When you saw it
  • Where it occurred
  • Why it’s suspicious

“If You See Something, Say Something™” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

Cal OES oversees the California Large Stadium Initiative (CA-LSI), which provides an all-hazards approach to protecting mass gathering events by coordinating multi-agency security planning and training. CA-LSI capabilities include: security planning to evaluate emergency policies and procedures, planning for multi-casualty incidents, application of command post and unified command systems, and provide venue and security assessments.


Additional resources:


Large Stadium Initiative

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

If You See Something, Say Something

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the 2017 October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) wildfires, the Camp Fire in 2018, the 2020 statewide fire siege, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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