While attending professional sporting events in the United States, fans are now routinely subjected to “security measures”. In the name of “security”, fans are now increasingly subject to extensive searches of their bodies and their belongings as they enter professional sporting venues. These searches are problematic in that they are invasive, can be embarrassing, and can open the door for racial profiling, sexual harassment, and other issues. Sporting organizations justify these searches by claiming that the searches are conducted in order to make the fans safe, however, sporting organizations have motives other than the security of fans. These are factors that fans need to consider when attending a sporting venue in a society that emphasizes security above all else.
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Wright, Jacob C., "Securing Sport: Reworking the American Fan's Experience" (2014). Honors Theses. 152.