Meridian Modular Vehicle Barriers Put to Work at Tropicana Field

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Venue Protection Plays Important Role in Public Safety

The Tamp Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, FL have employed the latest in hostile vehicle mitigation technology for Tropicana Field. Meridian Rapid Defense Group’s (MRDG) Archer barriers are best-in-class portable drop and stop solution meeting both the US Department of State (DOS) and Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines and European’s PAS68 certification standards.

The barriers will secure key areas around the perimeter and protect the venue from unwanted entry. Archer 1200 barriers are ideal for stadiums and event spaces because they can be specifically deployed to allow foot traffic and emergency vehicle access while addressing the growing risk of property assaults by malicious vehicle attack.

“Public safety cannot be a responsive business,” said MRDG Founder and CEO Peter Whitford. “Properties like Tropicana Field are pro-actively protecting their fans as well as their venue’s reputation and economic impact with an engineered vehicle mitigation solution.”

Archer 1200 Barriers are portable, modular and easily moved to allow emergency vehicle access or to react to developing needs. The unique security solution allows for the ability to address problem areas as well as harden perimeters in response to changing threat situations.

“The Meridian Rapid Defense barriers give us the ability to protect areas around our stadium from vehicle intrusion, protecting pedestrians and the facility itself from danger.” said a Tampa Bay Rays spokesperson. “The portability of the barriers and easy setup lend to their effectiveness.”

With 800 pounds of engineered US steel, the vehicle mitigation solution offers and impressive show of force. However, the barriers are able to balance that strength with a fan friendly look and feel. The Tampa Bay Rays barriers are painted in team colors and sport the Rays logo on the front.

Archer 1200 Barriers were recently deployed in the city center of New Orleans for the Mardi Gras parade. Painted a festive canary yellow, the barriers allowed free pedestrian flow and emergency vehicle access, through the streets while providing a solid perimeter to unwanted vehicles. The barriers are made of ballistic-rated steel for armor piercing NATO rounds up to .50 cal. ball rounds. This feature was required for deployment in Los Angeles for the 55th GRAMMY Awards as law enforcement was on heightened alert during the manhunt for rogue police officer Christopher Dorner.

MRDG products are also deployed at U.S. military installations including Fort Wainwright, Alaska and Kandahar Air Force Base; the ports of Long Beach and San Diego, Shell Motiva Oil & Gas Refinery, NFL and Major sporting stadiums and with the California Water Board.

About Meridian Rapid Defense Group
MRDG is headquartered in Pasadena, CA and operates in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia as perimeter security specialists. MRDG develops anti-vehicle barrier systems that are engineered for speed of deployment. The flexibility of the system allows tactical or military forces to quickly secure politically, economically or environmentally important sites for short and long durations. Their product line is focused on anchored and unanchored portable vehicle mitigation barriers as well as the supporting elements that ensure a fast and effective deployment.


To learn more about this venture, please contact:

Syd Smith, Global Account Services
PO Box 60100, Pasadena, CA 91116
Mobile: (323) 217-5257


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