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GILA RIVER ARENA SECURITY MANAGER ANDREA EVANS RECOGNIZED AS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR BY THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
ndrea Evans has been a valuable member of the Gila River Arena security team since the venue opened in 2003. She grew up in West Phoenix and went to Long Medical Institute where she studied sports medicine becoming a certified sports medic. In 2003 when Gila River Arena opened, Evans joined the staff as a member of the hourly event security team, working concerts, family shows and hockey games. Over the years, she continued to demonstrate outstanding leadership in addressing safety and security issues, which propelled her to her current role as head of security at Gila River Arena. Security enhancements Evans has been able to implement include: adding more than 201 security vantage points throughout the venue through the instillation of new cameras and installing new fencing around previously exposed areas; working tirelessly not only with the Arizona Coyotes organization but all businesses adjacent to the arena to provide clear and consistent security procedure and prohibited-items messaging to fans; and making it safer for law enforcement to attend events in civilian clothing. Specific to NHL game nights, Evans has overseen enforcing mandatory player and family screening upon entry to the building, manning all stairwells with security staff from the time the building opens, rescreening all guests who come back in from smoking patios, increasing security
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presence in-bowl during breaks in play and stopping all fans from touching players, coaches and referees while going on and off the ice through increased staff deployment. She has worked to develop a team of 200 full and part-time employees that exceed the requirements of traditional venue security staff to create a safe and enjoyable environment for employees, fans, artists and athletes. A leader in the industry, Evans, along with six additional sports security professionals, recently was recognized for her leadership in addressing safety and security issues as part of the 2019 National Sports Safety and Security Conference. The presentation of the 2019 Professional of the Year Awards to Evans and her peers was sponsored by Axis Communications, a market leader in network solutions providing insights for security, at the 10th annual conference, which was hosted by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. “The reason for the Professional of the Year Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions, marathon and interscholastic athletics organizations to honor outstanding individuals in the field of sports safety and security for their contributions and leadership,” 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
Pictured from left: Mark McCormack, Axis Communications; Andrea Evans, Security Manager, Gila River Arena; Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 Director
others to follow.” The Professional of the Year Award that Evans received recognizes a member of management in the field that has, over the past year, demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing safety/security issues. In addition to the enhanced safety and security of Gila River Arena, Evans’ contributions have set an example for others to follow. The award recipient is selected by the National Hockey League along with a league official at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition. Marciani noted that each league or organization selects the criteria and makes the determination as to which professional will be recognized. For a list of all upcoming events at Gila River Arena, visit GilaRiverArena.com or follow on social media @GilaRiverArena.
She has worked to develop a team of 200 full and part-time employees that exceed the requirements of traditional venue security staff to create a safe and enjoyable environment for employees, fans, artists and athletes.
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