Soccer sports stadiums are meant to be places where people can enjoy and share their passion for the beautiful game. To make it even more so, stadiums should implement the highest form of security possible and prepare for any eventuality. Here are some suggestions.
- Have a Clear Alcohol Policy
One of the keys to designing a well secured stadium is to set the rules clearly for alcohol use. Policies vary from venue to venue, but one thing they all share in common is that anyone wishing to buy an alcoholic beverage in the stadium must present an ID proving he or she is 18 or 21 years old.
- Set Limits to Banner Size
Banners are used by fans to express support for their team, but banner messages need to be related to the game and doesn’t contain any offensive content. To avoid obstructing views of others, banners mustn’t be larger than 3 x 3 feet.
- Specify How Video Cameras are to be Used
Video recorders and cameras are usually allowed in stadiums, but they are only for personal use and must not obstruct the views of other fans. Game footage cannot be taped and posted on the Internet as this is violation of copyright rules. Second, security needs to be strict and forbid the use of camera stands, tripods and long phone lens.
- Carry-in Items
To ensure security, most stadiums discourage fans from bringing in bags of any kind. Stadiums that do only allow specific types such as those made of PVC, clear plastic or vinyl. There must also be a clear policy about size limitations (i.e., only bags not exceeding 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted).
The maximum storage bag size usually allowed is one gallon, and clutch bags cannot exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. As far as food and water bottles are concerned, they are usually permitted provided the water is in a factory sealed bottle and no more than 20 oz.
- Use Quality Locksmiths
Finally, a stadium will benefit greatly by hiring the services of a quality Toronto locksmith. True locksmiths are best known for unlocking doors and making duplicate keys, but they can also install CCTVs and other security systems so stadiums should think of getting one.
Finally, emphasize that all items carried by fans into the stadium may be searched and if they do not meet the security standards will be denied entry.