Incidents at different professional sporting events in recent months, has outlined a need for security improvements from certain quarters.
It is evident that professional sporting figures and fans have become vulnerable to a list of dangers during events, as a result of a perpetual upsurge in stakes and emotion levels across sports. Some clubs and organisations have acted accordingly by integrating additional security features and personnel, although it’s clear that this systematic approach has not yet been established by all.
At Platinum Gate Security, we know first hand the security measures that must be put in place to ensure maximum security efficiency at sporting events, keeping everyone involved safe and the event enjoyable for all. We have extensive experience of event security and successfully deployed our services at Sandy Park during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, in England and Wales, as well as London’s Gumball Rally.
Take a look below to see just some of the ways in which the sporting world is coping with the outstanding pressure of terror threats, club rivalry and fan disturbances in the 21st century.
The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped with their lives during the tragedy of the mosque shootings in Christchurch in March 2019. The team returned home from New Zealand swiftly after the terrorist attack and now security around the forthcoming World Cup, which will be hosted by the UK later this year, is of high priority.
Speaking at the Pakistan Super League final, International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson insisted that security is an absolute priority. He said, as reported by France 24: “I don’t think security is anything new, obviously something happening in New Zealand probably took a lot of people by surprise and it emphasised the need not to be complacent, especially going into the World Cup.
“I know the work has already been done by the security director together with all the security agencies in the UK and they are leaving no stone unturned.”
Towards the end of March, a match in France’s Top 14 league was marred by an assault on the referee. The match between Agen and Clermont was overshadowed by a group of fans attacking the official as he was struck with a coin, amid accusations that he had been ‘bought’. Security guards were caught in the crossfire with many reporting that they were also hit with coins.
Elsewhere, Ireland has exalted security at their training ground, Carton House. They have erected a 12 metre-high perimeter fence and have recruited private security guards to patrol the grounds and warn off any potential intruders. These measures have not only been implemented to ensure the security of the players and staff, but to prevent opposition spies from gaining intel on Ireland’s tactics.
In the build up to Chelsea FC Women’s quarter-final Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain Women, the Kingsmeadow stadium door supervision staff denied fans of the travelling French team access following a series of inhospitable events during the lead up to the game.
Authorities were called to the stadium 11 hours before kick-off as a stadium door was put through and graffiti was sprayed around the ground. Then, security guards at the stadium found knuckledusters, drugs and fireworks while searching a supporters’ bus and took the decision to stop the majority of away fans from entering the stadium.
Our Exeter security company has also been a provider of security for Gallagher Premiership high-flyers Exeter Chiefs for years. We provide the Chiefs with access control to the club’s VIP areas, door supervision, conduct searches on the turnstiles when necessary, deploy our rapid response units when needed, and arrange all traffic management needs.
Whether you require access control and door supervision security or mobile patrol and alarm response, no matter the size of the event, contact our Exeter security team today. Our Exeter security guards have the industry experience and resources to make the difference. See what companies we’ve worked alongside have to say about us on our dedicated testimonials page.