Rethinking venue security in the Tampa Bay area after the Manchester terrorism attack

How to protect crowds at summer concerts
Posted at 7:01 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 19:01:00-04

From concerts to games, big crowds come out to play in Tampa Bay.

Now, after the Manchester attack, there are fresh questions about security at concerts in Tampa, which has a stocked summer line-up from U2 to Paul McCartney.

Is there any way to protect against a soft target attack?

Terrorism expert Craig Gundry says you can't stop an attack with just barricades.

"Any soft target environment trying to implement classic security approaches such as access controlled physical security measures as a primary means of defense isn't very practical," he says.

Gundry says it comes down to Intel and new technology.

"Leveraging the capabilities of facial recognition may make it possible to identify a terrorist in a public area before an attack occurs," he says.

Also Gundry says venues should add as many exits as possible to disperse the crowd.

And he says arenas should be equipped with Hemostatic bandages, coated  with the same substance the military uses to treat wounds on the battlefield.

Amalie Arena issued the following statement:

"Amalie Arena will continue to place the safety of our guests as our number one priority each and every day. For several years we have worked with our local, regional and national authorities and intelligence agencies to create the safest environment possible. We regularly monitor current events and best practices, adjusting our policies and procedures as recommended by those authorities and agencies when necessary.  We will continue to ask every guest that enters Amalie Arena and the surrounding properties to adhere to one golden rule: if you "See Something, Say Something", meaning please report anything you deem suspicious to one of our uniformed employees or any of the police officers you see at the facility." 

Amalie arena staff told us off camera they are considering new security options in the Thunder Alley area.