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Alternative uses of sports grounds

A good practice guide to hosting alternative events at sports grounds.

The increasing use of sports grounds for events other than those for which they were primarily designed present enormous challenges to safety teams. 

They often include complex and extravagant productions, often utilising the field of play for spectator accommodation. The Alternative Uses of Sports Grounds guidance addresses these challenges.

This guidance provides guidance to owners, operators, managers, local authorities, promoters and event organisers to help adapt existing sports grounds to safely accommodate a range of events. It also provides advice to designers and architects to inform the design of new multi-purpose venues by outlining the key elements to be considered when building new sports grounds.

The guidance covers:

  • Design and overlay
  • Using the field of play as viewing accommodation
  • Use of existing spectator accommodation for live music events
  • Event specific operations manual for alternative events

It also includes a number of appendices including examples of overlay plans.

Purchase the guidance

The Alternative Uses of Sports Grounds is available in printed copy only.

Cost: £30 + postage

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