NCS4 announces conference agenda

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is set to host the 15th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition July 9-11 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, in conjunction with Title Sponsor, inOrbit. The 2024 conference theme is Make It Matter, providing our industry friends and partners an opportunity to explore how we can transform ideas into tangible, lasting change. In a rapidly evolving world where innovation and change are the norm, the true measure of progress lies in the ability to turn ideas into meaningful impact.

The conference will offer dynamic programming, solution provider engagement and opportunities to network with fellow professionals. This highly regarded gathering of sports safety and security professionals is an opportune time to share ideas, tools and proven strategies to help advance the industry.

The NCS4 will have L. Vance Taylor as the keynote speaker to kick off the conference’s opening general session with “Building Spectator Security for Everyone.” Taylor is Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Dave Delaney will follow with “The Master Communicator’s Secret Weapon.” Delaney is the CEO of

Conference programming will include general sessions with panel discussions on topics relevant to today’s ever-changing security landscape, while breakout sessions allow participants to engage with panelists and attendees on key issues. Topics slated for the conference include:

  • Security Planning for the One-Off Event
  • Emergent Threats and Hardening Tactics
  • Security Technology Megatrends and Legislative Impacts
  • Mitigating Liability for Event Premises and Organizers
  • Violence Prevention Through Behavioral Threat Assessment
  • 2026 FIFA World Cup: Planning and Preparation
  • De-Escalation and Conflict Resolution, and more

Additional information on these topics and others will be announced soon.

In addition to keynote speakers, an awards luncheon, interactive panel discussions, and breakout sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to explore emerging technologies and network with peers during the conference. A social reception planned for the event’s first evening allows practitioners, industry partners, and exhibitors to gather and network with friends and colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

Early-bird registration is available through April 15 with fees of $600 for NCS4 Connect members and $650 for non-members. Prices will increase by $50 after April 15. If you register three or more people from the same organization, save $50 off each attendee registration. The group discount will be automatically applied when applicable. Visit the website for additional information and exclusions.

The full agenda can be found on the NCS4 website.