Why Are There Snipers at Sporting Events?

Sports events are the pinnacle of events, drawing large audiences from around the globe for competitive athletic endeavors. These renowned competitions are usually organized according to rules set forth by either national or international governing bodies and usually involve some form of competition between participants.

Rules must be enforced with great caution to ensure spectator and participant safety, particularly at large events such as Super Bowl.

Given that the Super Bowl draws visitors from around the globe, security must be tight. A specially selected police sniper attends each Super Bowl game; special eagle’s nests provide these snipers with a bird’s-eye view of both field action and entire stadium activities.

Snipers have long been used as part of public venue security in the United States; photos showing snipers perched above Lucas Oil Stadium for 2012’s Super Bowl circulated online quickly before they were removed quickly; nonetheless, having snipers present at major sporting events is standard practice.

These snipers typically serve in quick reaction force teams (QRFs) belonging to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). QRFs are responsible for responding quickly and appropriately to any critical incidents during an event, in addition to providing overwatch and conducting risk evaluation. Snipers typically station themselves at locations within a stadium that are difficult for attackers to access.

There are various reasons for why having snipers at NFL games is necessary. Most importantly, they serve to combat terrorist threats and ensure the safety of everyone attending. With such a vast audience attending each event, any mishap at a game could have serious repercussions and this is why snipers are placed at all NFL events to ward off such incidents.

Our Police Sniper Response to a Public Venue (PSRPV) course has been specifically tailored to teach experienced police snipers how to provide proactive overwatch protection of any public venue that could become the target of an attack, from active shooter attacks or person/vehicle-borne IEDs, including active shooters and explosive devices such as GPS. Students will learn how to properly identify threats, perform case studies, use various rifle mounts such as HOG Saddles (HOG Saddle, RRG Saddle), Alamo Four Star DCLW mounts etc; finally they will also learn how to create covert hides/final firing positions as well as training in traditional prone positions (PSRPV).


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