Sporting events are some of the most attended events around the world. People come from all over town and even from other cities and states just to witness their favorite sports clubs engage in competition. In some instances, as in the NBA Finals, even the fans of the away team attend viewing parties at their team’s home court. Some stadiums that cannot hold the multitudes coming to see the game set up large viewing screens outside so people who cannot enter can still watch.
With so many people coming together in one place, safety is a huge concern and responsibility. Here are some suggestions on how to keep fans safe during a sporting event.
Know What People Value
This means you have to listen to what fans want. With the availability of social media and other online channels, it’s easier to do this. People want a sense of security wherever they go, especially in crowded places. They value acceptable conduct during such events, and they are concerned about cleanliness. The NFL, for example, has Stadium Security and Fan Conduct programs that value such people concerns.
People want to be comfortable while they enjoy the game. Aisles leading to the exits should be easy to reach from any place in the stadium. Preferred Seating advised that broken seats should be immediately replaced with new stadium seats for sale. There should be food available in stalls outside the stadium, and from vendors within the stadium. The number of restrooms should be able to accommodate a capacity crowd, and those restrooms should be clean at all times.
Protect from Criminal Elements
Apart from having police presence during a well-attended game, the private security in charge at the venue should be highly trained. When it comes to crowds, criminal threats are a real possibility. Lackluster security is almost a guarantee that something will go very wrong.
Fan security and comfort should be high priorities during game night. A stadium manager or owner should understand what makes their venue vulnerable and act on it. The bigger the crowd, the bigger your responsibility.