This makes it possible to ensure security of those who are in attendance.
This paper will be looking at the safety structures and systems in two stadiums, comparing and contrasting them. These will be Adams Park and Wembley Stadium. The security systems and structures in each will be analyzed critically. The writer will also be interested in looking at the impacts of these structures and systems on those people who are attending events in these venues.
It is the duty of an event organizer to provide security for the crowd present. To this end, many organisers put in place safety management systems that are aimed at providing safety for the crowd and at the same time managing it. The risks that are anticipated should be monitored and managed. The event organisers are helped to a great length by safety structures and systems that are already incorporated in the venue, be it a stadium or a park.
Adams Park is one of the largest football stadiums in London. It is located in Buckinghamshire. Since it was opened to the public in 1990, the park has been renovated and expanded periodically. The first expansion was in 1996 while the second was in the year 2001. It was designed to hold approximately eleven thousand fans when full to capacity. Waycombe Wanderers, the resident club, is planning to expand the park to hold 20,000 fans. Been such a huge stadium, crowd security and control is of the utmost concern. This is considering that many of the events that take place here are football and rugby, two sports associated with riotous and violent fans. Likewise, Wembley is a large and famous stadium. Security systems and structures are a very important part of these two stadiums. These systems and structures will be compared and contrasted. Their impacts to the people attending events at these two stadiums will be analysed. All along, the writer will be referring to the developments that are taking place in the sporting events industry. These developments will include security standards, capacity limits of stadiums and crowd control measures.
The study will have the broad objective of looking at the safety structures and systems of Adams Park and Wembley stadium. To achieve this, the study will be guided by several specific objectives. These are as listed below:
Identifying the safety structures and systems in the two stadiums
A critical appraisal of the security structures and systems in these stadiums
A comparison between the two venues, especially in terms of their safety structures and systems
A critical analysis of the possible impacts of these structures and systems to the people who will be attending events in these two venues
Status of England's Stadia Safety
Before embarking on the task of analysing the safety structures and systems of the two venues, it is perhaps important to look at the status of the safety measures that are carried out in England's stadia. In 1989, 96 people were trampled to death in Hillsborough football stadium (Sheard & Geraint 2009). This led to the constitution of a committee led by Lord Taylor of Gosforth (Jeffrey 2008). The committee was tasked with finding out the causes of the stampede and make recommendations as to the future of crowd safety in stadia. The committee came up with recommendations and the full report on the January of 1990 (Jeffrey 2008). Some of the recommendations that the team came up with were adopted by many sporting bodies and are adhered to