The Rapids will feature Evolv’s Evolv Express screening solution at the entrances to DICK’S Sporting Goods Park, the team’s home in Commerce City, Colorado, allowing for a faster, safer and better security experience at Rapids games this season.
“The fans are such an important part of Rapids home games,” said Austin McKenna, executive director of security & safety for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. “To be able to improve their experience with Evolv, getting them through the gates in a more efficient manner all while improving security, it’s a way of showing how much we appreciate them and want to take care of them.”
Evolv Express uses powerful sensor technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to provide more accurate threat detection at unprecedented volume and speed. It allows security officials to tell the difference between weapons and the everyday items people carry in their pockets and bags, such as cell phone and keys.
That means fans at 18,000-seat DICK’S Sporting Goods Park can walk in without always having to wait for security officials to wand everyone individually or go through bags one by one.
The Rapids and DICK’S Sporting Goods Park join the Rams and SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles as Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) properties using Evolv.
“MLS fans are enthusiastic about their teams, and the Rapids fans are no different,” said John Baier, Evolv’s vice president of sports. “Evolv lets them carry that excitement from pregame directly into game time. We are excited to further grow our footprint in the KSE family and work to help keep Rapids fans safer.”
Half the teams in Major League Soccer are Evolv partners as the 2023 season kicks off. Other facilities using Evolv technology include venues that will be hosting games in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, in addition to KSE’s SoFi Stadium.