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Spring 3-2018


Recreation and Park Administration


Recreation and Park Administration




Jon McChesney

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration


Special events, such as music festivals, are an integral part of every community. In the USA alone, over thirty million people attend at least one music festival every year. Special events offer a place to have fun and escape the normalcies of everyday life. Our society’s violent culture is playing a role in how special events are being planned and executed. Recent events, like the tragic shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas have caused security efforts to increase at events across the globe. Music festivals, sporting events, and all other special events are challenged with adapting to rising security risks and the associated expenses. The methodology includes a literature review as well as a qualitative component including interviews conducted with event experts. This report will address the impacts of our violent culture on event planning and security at special events. This report will also look into the best practices being used by event planners and security personnel.