When should the first annual inspection and structural appraisal be undertaken at a new, or recently completed, stadium?

It is usual that the safety certificate or operations manual will require ground management to obtain every 12 months , a report from a competent person that the structural elements have been inspected and found to be adequate.

For recently completed stadia it would be expected that the annual inspection process as described in the Green Guide would become due some 12 months after the safety certificate was first issued. For the structural appraisal as covered by the Green Guide a period of between 6 and 10 years is seen as appropriate and it would be considered reasonable, provided the annual inspection process has been thorough, for the structural appraisal to take place at or towards the end of the first 10 year period. However it would be expected that the club’s consulting engineers would take the lead on determining both the frequency and detail of the inspection and appraisal process.

Insight

Equality And Human Rights Commission Report on Premier League Accessibility

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its report on the progress Premier League clubs have made into achieving the standards for disabled supporters as set out in the Accessible Stadia guidance.

What’s new in the 6th edition of the Green Guide?

The new Green Guide is launched in late 2018. This page details what is different from the 5th version. Further details is provided in the Guide itself.

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News

Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds

The new edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds is now available.

Government review of evidence relating to the all-seater policy

Government has recently announced that it will commission an external analysis of evidence relating to the all-seater policy. Its aim is that initial analysis work will be completed by the end of 2018.

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Tools and resources

Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds During Construction

The aim of this document is to give Certifying Authorities guidance on how to ensure that reasonable standards of public safety can be maintained whilst construction operations are in progress.

Guide to Concessionaire Facilities at Sports Grounds

This document provides further guidance on the matters to be considered when concessionaire and other allied services are provided at sports grounds.The guidance covers catering and hospitality; mobile and fast food stalls, TV and radio broadcast equipment and facilities, betting and gambling facilities, programme and publication sales and finally, souvenir and other retail shops and kiosks.

Guide to Electrical and Mechanical Services at Sports Grounds

This document provides detailed advice on electrical and mechanical services at sports grounds for Certifying Authorities and for those responsible for crowd safety at sporting events. The document expands upon the Green Guide advice, and will assist those unfamiliar with electrical and mechanical installations to appreciate some of the related safety issues. The Guide also contains specimen inspection and test certificates.

Standing in Seated Areas

In this paper, from 2013, we examine the nature and causes of spectators standing in seated areas at Premier and Football League grounds.

Temporary Demountable Structures

This fourth edition (2017) contains essential information on the procurement, design, erection and use of temporary demountable structures, including: grandstands; stages; fabric structures; hospitality units; and fencing and barriers. Towers and masts that support media facilities are also included.

Alternative uses of Sports Grounds

Alternative Uses provides guidance to stadium owners, operators, local authorities, promoters and event organisers to help adapt existing sports grounds to safely accommodate a range of events.

Safety Management

Safety management at sports grounds has steadily become more sophisticated and more professional over the past twenty years. “Safety Management” draws together good practice on safety personnel, safety management procedures, event management and preparing for incidents.

Concourses

Concourses draws upon the views and experience of safety officers, leading stadia architects and engineers in addition to the survey work of the Core Cities group of local authorities. It examines how floor space factors are applied in other similar venues and contains clear advice on concourse occupancy levels and floor space factors which will provide an invaluable source of information for sports ground managers, designers, safety advisors and interested agencies when upgrading existing or designing new facilities at sports grounds.

Guidance

Counter-terrorism in sports grounds

For a number of years the UK has been at a threat level of severe (an attack is highly likely) and ground management should have developed plans that are in place to provide protective security appropriate to that level.

What does Zone Ex mean?

In the planning, design and management of sports grounds it may be helpful to consider the circulation area in terms of zones.

What are P and S factors

The safe capacity of a sports ground should take account of both its physical condition and its safety management. These are known as the (P) factor and the (S) factor respectively.

Dynamic Performance and Testing of Grandstands

Dynamic performance requirements for permanent grandstands subject to crowd action - Interim guidance on assessment and design.The principal advice given in the Guidance concerns the recommended vertical natural frequencies and horizontal load resistance of grandstands considered necessary to provide the safety and comfort of the public at a range of sporting and other entertainment events.

How to calculate the safe capacity of a sports ground?

The responsibility for calculating the safe capacity of a ground rests with the ground management. Where any part or parts of a ground are covered by a safety certificate issued by the local authority the capacity calculated by ground management should be reviewed by the local authority and if validated included in the safety certificate. Further information and detail is available in the Green Guide.