DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University's Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium will be honored with a 2017 Facility of Merit Award as part of the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.
“We are grateful for the support, leadership and resources provided by the Board of Trustees, President Brodhead, Dr. Tallman Trask, Kyle Cavanaugh, Chief John Dailey and Dr. Kevin White,” said Bob Weiseman, Duke's Assistant Director of Athletics for Facilities, Game Operations and Championships. “No improvements to game day safety and security are possible without complete administrative buy-in and commitment. Furthermore, we are humbled by the efforts of so many groups and individuals to design, construct and implement these improvements and put Duke in position to be recognized in this fashion. Duke Police, Duke Emergency Management, Durham Police, Staff One Services, Inc., Rhino-SES, CEIA, Duke NROTC, Duke OIT, Venue Solutions Group and our outstanding game operations staff under the leadership of Becca Wilusz all were instrumental in this process.”
Home to Duke's football program, Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is one of three NCAA gridiron facilities to receive the honor for leadership in addressing safety and security issues, joined by Vaught Hemingway Stadium (Ole Miss) and Ryan Field (Northwestern). Ten total facilities were recognized including professional venues Bridgestone Arena (NHL's Nashville Predators), Progressive Field (MLB's Cleveland Indians) and Levi's Stadium (NFL's San Francisco 49ers).
The presentation of the 2017 Facility of Merit Awards is sponsored by Axis Communications, a market leader in video network. The presentation will take place on the second day of the eighth annual conference, which is hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi.
“The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. “These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow.”
More information about the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition and the awards can be found at www.ncs4.com.