I've worked with James and members of the 5280 group for many years, in venues such as the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, Wrigley Field in Chicago and Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. While each of these venues offers its own challenges from a security stand point, the one thing that has remained constant is the ability for the 5280 Group to adapt, while remaining professional and keeping artist security and public safety a top priority. I most recently worked with the 5280 Group at the Dave Matthews Band two day performance at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL in September of 2010. As with any ballpark, the layout is less than favorable as it relates to back of house operations and event security as a whole, but the time and effort that went into preplanning, utilizing the vast experience and knowledge the 5280 Group has within this industry, in addition to the improvisations that always take place throughout the event, lead to a smooth and successful event for all.
In my vast experience as a venue operator and Director of Security/Security Liaison for multiple venues, it is rare to encounter an organization such as this one that has the complete package - professional, proactive, organized, knowledgeable of crowd habits and behavior as it relates to a particular fan base, disciplined...I could really go on and on. I've had nothing but positive experiences in working with James and the 5280 Group and I look forward to working with them again in the future.