Joe Louis Arena is the first professional sports facility in the nation to earn the Sport Event Security Aware (SESA) designation from NCS4.

The designation will also carry over to Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings, currently under construction.

Joe Louis Arena is a 20,058-seat arena along the banks of the Detroit River. The arena hosts hundreds of annual attractions including Detroit Red Wings hockey, college hockey, concerts, special events and family shows.

Little Caesars Arena is on schedule to open in September 2017, and is seen as the cornerstone of The District Detroit – a $1.2 billion live, work and play development fueling the city’s redevelopment.

“The SESA process was not only equally challenging in terms of its comprehensive review of our policies, procedures, security technology, and training, it was also enlightening and informative because of the extensive on-site evaluation of our operational practices during an actual NHL game,” said Richard Fenton, VP, Corporate Safety and Security, Ilitch Holdings Inc., an affiliate of both Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings. “It's one thing to have a review conducted that is primarily process-driven, but to have actual evaluators on site reviewing the operational application of our security program in its totality meant we could plan for both Joe Louis Arena and for our new world-class venue, Little Caesars Arena. We received feedback on the spot, which resulted in revised operational procedures that reflected the SESA assessors’ excellent observations.” 

NCS4's training and assessment process provides institutions with a set of scalable standards for assessing risks, identifying vulnerabilities, developing appropriate plans, policies and procedures, and providing training and exercises to facility staff.

“Receiving the SESA designation for both Joe Louis Arena and Little Caesars Arena is a significant achievement and a tremendous honor for Olympia Entertainment,” said Lou Marciani, director of NCS4. “The rigorous process reflects the collaborative commitment among their security staff and local, state and federal agencies, to meet the highest of standards.”

Additionally, Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, completed the DHS SAFETY Act Process for its professional baseball venue in the fall of 2015, and received SAFETY Act CERTIFICATION — one of only two Major League Baseball (MLB) venues to receive this approval.

NCS4 offers the SESA designation to all professional, collegiate, and amateur organizations that own or operate sports venues. Organizations will attain a set of scalable standards for assessing risks, identifying vulnerabilities, and developing appropriate plans, policies, and procedures. The result is a continual four-year cycle to review and upgrade safety, security and incident management programs.