IntroductionAccording to Ewood Park (2008), Ewood Park is a football stadium for the Blackburn Rovers Football club located in Lancashire. It has a seating capacity of 31,367. It has four stands whose names are protected by naming rights namely Darwen’s end, Blackburn end, Jack Walker stand and riverside stand. Jack Walker stand has a seating capacity of 11,000 and houses dressing rooms, media and conferencing functions. Blackburn end has a seating capacity of 8,000. Riverside stand has a seating capacity of 5,000 while Darwen’s end has a seating capacity of 8,000 and accommodates a car park.
Ewood Park is primarily used for football matches. Other secondary activities include ground hopping, music concerts and shows. Ewood public visits are scheduled from first may to thirtieth September between 1130hours to 1430hours. The seats in the two tiers of every stand are retractable. Administration and training facilities at Ewood Park are open on weekdays and football matches are usually scheduled for Saturday afternoon. When a match is slotted for a Saturday evening, no concerts or shows are slotted for Thursday or Friday because the grass is given period to recover. Legislative controls at Ewood ParkHumphrey (2002) argues that Safety of users of Ewood Park is enforced through partnership protocols and Ewood park stadium meets legislative controls outlined by the regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005, the safety of sports grounds Act 1975 (amended), the building regulation act and the licensing Act 2003.
Risk assessments are routinely carried out before a match and relevant data shared between relevant agencies and safety officials who also include Blackburn match commander and Blackburn club safety officer. Geraint, Sheard and Vickery (2007) suggest that the legislative guidelines state clearly that Ewood Park should be used for the purpose in which safety certificate covers.
Serby (1930) proposes that legislations ensure the management of Ewood park stadium complies with laid down procedures and safety standards. Ewood Park is therefore supposed to get a go-ahead for event hosting from the fire authority before signing a contract to host it. This is in line with requirements of regulatory reform order 2005 and safety of sports ground Act 1975. According to Gustin (2007) Ewood management cannot therefore make any alteration to the premise and if any alterations are made, they should be certified through issue of amendment of special safety certification.
This is depended on recommendations of building control service after carrying out risk assessment. Access of the Blackburn ParkAccess of Blackburn Park by carThose who need to access Blackburn Ewood Park by car, if driving along M6 should turn at junction 29 and join M65 and then drive east to Blackburn. A signpost of Ewood Park is visible along M65 and should use A666 and head towards Blackburn. Access of the Blackburn Park by busThose who want to access Blackburn rovers Ewood Park by bus should use bus lines 3, 3a, 3b, 46 and 346 from the station in the Blackburn city centre. Ewood park crisis planEvery event that takes place at Ewood Park is subject to different crisis management plans.
Entry into Ewood park stadium is authorized upon a user or football fan producing a valid match or event ticket which is presented Ewood Park designated officials and inside the park upon request by the safety personnel, event stewards or police officers otherwise access is denied or fan is ejected from the event.
Driving and parking of vehicles is governed by procedures. The vehicle is parked after it has been cleared by the stewards or police officers. This is after it has been determined it is not a threat to the security and safety of users. Stewards and police officers manning entry points examine if fans to an event are possible security threats depending on whether they are drug or not or if they are in possession of weapons or fatal combustible substances either physically or chemically.
A cloth search is carried out on suspected fans.