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Security screenings at sporting events is not a new phenomenon. The recent trend toward a mixture of private and public security and digital surveillance that has been ongoing since the 2000s marks a shift in the intensity of security screenings at organized sporting events. Security screenings can be described as any practice that is meant to assess the potential threat of spectators or nearby crowds. The rise of terrorism has sparked a reimagining of how security screening is undertaken. Screenings take on a number of different configurations, from private security firms to public police, military, and state security resources.

Increased threats to public safety have produced the need for sporting organizations, both local and mega-sporting events, to develop improved screening methods in order to evaluate crowds. ...

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