Big 12 Conference Partners with Oak View Group Prevent Advisors to Improve Student-Athlete Safety and Fan Experience Throughout Conference

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The Big 12 Conference has partnered with Oak View Group, a leader in collegiate athletic facility management, to assess and optimize the safety and security of its member schools to enhance the game celebration experience and post-game service for Big 12 student-athletes, game officials, team staff and fans. In addition to safety and security, Oak View Group will assess all aspects of the venue and fan experience at each member institution, providing best practice recommendations for multiple elements of the gaming experience.

Prevent Advisors, renowned specialists in security at live sports and entertainment venues and a flagship services company of Oak View Group (OVG), will conduct quality assurance audits at all football and basketball venues. big 12 ball. Last weekend, the Prevent Advisors team conducted game audits at five football stadiums and will assess the remaining facilities – including new members BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF – before the end of the season. The team will then move on to evaluating all Big 12 basketball venues.

Using a proprietary systematic assessment program specifically designed to fully assess all components of a site’s physical security measures, Prevent Advisors’ Red Team Assessment Services – which have been awarded US Department of Homeland Security’s coveted Security Act earlier this year – will provide venue-specific feedback to highlight strengths and areas for improvement. The team will then develop minimum recommendation standards for each facility, with a particular focus on post-game celebrations. Next, Prevent Advisors will host a conference-wide training summit to share results and best practices. A working committee will be formed with representatives from Conference member schools to work alongside OVG and Prevent advisors.

“Ensuring the safety and security of all of our game day constituents is crucial,” said Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark. “Our partnership with Oak View Group and top Prevent advisors will allow us to quickly uncover our strengths and areas for improvement. Additionally, this partnership will allow us to be proactive in improving all aspects of the gaming experience across our conference.

OVG oversees a combination of venue management and hospitality operations at several Big 12 Conference schools, including the University of Texas and Texas Tech, as well as incoming member schools UCF and Houston.

“The Big 12 Conference is one of the most important conferences in the nation, and we are excited to work with them in this new, expanded capacity,” said Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Oak View Group. “The large scale of this partnership is ideal because of OVG’s deep and extensive knowledge of collegiate athletic facilities, and it’s fantastic to see Brett, his team, and Big 12 member schools keeping student-athletes safe. “, fans, and employees. At the top of their list. With this agreement, Big 12 gets a head start on safety and security, which are two very important elements of the overall fan experience.

Prevent Advisors helps its clients – stadiums, arenas and convention centers – to further improve their overall security posture by addressing security needs, creating ongoing security policies and procedures, implementing these procedures and adapting permanently if necessary. Prevent Advisors’ client-partners include professional sports leagues and teams, sports entertainment and live music venues and festivals, and corporate campuses.

“The Big 12 Conference is taking essential preventative action to ensure safety on and off the field – during and after games,” said Michael Downing, Chief Safety Advisor for Oak View Group and Prevent Advisors. former Deputy Chief, Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department. “For venues, it’s about honestly assessing a facility’s strengths and weaknesses and taking proactive and meaningful steps to improve operations for the benefit of student-athletes and fans so everyone can enjoy gaming in a safe and secure environment.”

ABOUT THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
The Big 12 conference is made up of 10 universities – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I varsity athletics conference that encompasses five states and more than 40 million people in its geographic footprint. In its 27th year, the Conference has produced more than 780 Academic All-America selections and won national championship team titles in 20 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its student-athletes and teams have combined for 718 NCAA individual titles and 77 national team championships. Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from the United States and around the world compete each year under the Big 12 banner. For more information, visit Big12Sports.com and follow the Conference on Facebook (Facebook.com/Big12), Twitter ( @Big12Conference), Instagram (Instagram.com/big12conference/) and YouTube (YouTube.com/Big12Conference).

ABOUT OAK VIEW GROUP (OVG)
Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is focused on positively disrupting the status quo in the sports, live entertainment and hospitality industries and currently has eight divisions. in four global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London and Philadelphia). OVG oversees operations for Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle Center, UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY, and Moody Center in Austin, TX as well as arena development projects for Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, CA; Co-op Live in Manchester, UK; and projects for Arena São Paulo in São Paulo, BZ; Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, MD; First Ontario Center Arena in Hamilton, ON; a new arena and entertainment district in Las Vegas, NV; and a new arena in Cardiff, Wales. Learn more at OakViewGroup.com and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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