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AmericanAirlines Arena, HEAT Executive Win 2013 National Safety and Security Awards

MIAMI – The AmericanAirlines Arena has won the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security’s (NCS4) 2013 Facility of Merit award for performing above and beyond normal operations and for demonstrating an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security. Additionally, AmericanAirlines Arena and Miami HEAT Director of Security, Robert “Bob” Hundevadt has been named 2013 National Sport Safety and Security Professional of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership in addressing safety and security issues.

Based out of the University of Southern Mississippi, the NCS4 is a “first of its kind,” worldwide interdisciplinary Center specifically focused on research, education, and outreach efforts in sport event security. The Center is top among academic institutions studying techniques, strategies and solutions to mitigate the safety and security risks inherent in spectator sports venues. Through cutting-edge research, internationally recognized educational programs, training and innovative solutions, NCS4 continues to enhance the level of preparedness at sports events nationwide.

Hundevadt, who is in his fifth season with the franchise, will be presented with both awards during the 2013 National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition on July 17th in Orlando, Florida.

“The safety and security of every single guest that enters through our doors at the AmericanAirlines Arena is and always has been priority number one,” said Hundevadt. “On behalf of the entire HEAT Group organization, I am incredibly proud of and humbled by this honor.”

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About The HEAT Group
The HEAT Group is comprised of the National Basketball Association’s Miami HEAT and the 19,600-seat AmericanAirlines Arena. The HEAT won its first championship in 2006 and its second in 2012. During the 2012-13 season, the franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary. The AmericanAirlines Arena is a state-of-the-art facility which hosts over 150 events per year. For more information, please visit