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.

It provides guidance on the matters to be considered by the Certifying Authority when construction work is carried out at sports grounds. It may also be of use to ground management and contractors.

Ground owners and managers considering commissioning building works should be encouraged to make early contact with the department of the Local Authority that is responsible for sports ground safety to establish what procedures should be followed for notification and what technical standards will need to be met. In most cases, it is owners or ground managers, rather than builders or designers, who are responsible, in law, for complying with public safety legislation and it should be borne in mind also that penalties for non-compliance could be severe.

Safety at Sports Grounds during construction

Tools and resources

Concession Facilities at Sports Grounds

Guidance on concessions and other allied services at sports grounds, such as food stalls, broadcast equipment and retail shops and kiosks.

Guide to Electrical and Mechanical Services at Sports Grounds

Detailed advice on electrical and mechanical services at sports grounds for Certifying Authorities and for those responsible for crowd safety at sporting events.

Temporary Demountable Structures

This guidance from the Institution of Structural Engineers provide guidance on the procurement, design, erection and use of temporary demountable structures.

Alternative uses of Sports Grounds

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


Our Concourses document contains helpful information including advice on occupancy levels and floor space factors.


Dynamic Performance and Testing of Grandstands

This guidance concerns the recommended vertical natural frequencies and horizontal load resistance of grandstands.

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