Government review of evidence relating to the all-seater policy

Following the Hillsborough Disaster, the government accepted the recommendation of Lord Justice’s Taylor’s inquiry that grounds in the top two divisions should become all-seated.

The inquiry concluded that, while “there is no panacea which will achieve total safety and cure all problems of behaviour and crowd control, seating does more to achieve these objectives than any other single measure”.

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.

Tools and resources

Terracing

Information on the requirements of terracing at sports grounds.

Football League Ground Capacity and Seating Requirements (National League)

Details of the ground capacity and seating requirements for conference clubs.

License To Admit Spectators (National League)

Information for conference clubs on the license needed when promoted to the Football League.

Historic Circulars

Historic Home Office and DCMS Circulars affecting football and sports grounds.

Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds During Construction

Guidance on how to ensure that reasonable standards of public safety can be maintained whilst construction operations are in progress.

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.

Standing in Seated Areas

The 2013 Joint Statement on Standing in Seated Areas at Football Grounds, agreed by SGSA, Premier League, English Football League, the FA, FSOA and others.

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.

Safety Advisory Group – Terms of Reference Checklist

A checklist for making any changes to the SAG Terms of Reference as a result of the wider understanding of safety.

Safety Management

Our Safety Management guidance brings together good practice on safety personnel, safety management procedures, event management and preparing for incidents.

Concourses

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

Guidance

Reducing slip hazards on concourses

Advice and guidance on reducing slip hazards on concourses. with links to additional guidance via the Health and Safety Executive website.

Dynamic Performance and Testing of Grandstands

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

Drones

Drones are an emerging issue and we have not seen widespread use of these at sports grounds in the past. These recent incidents have highlighted the potential safety and security risks.

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