INTRODUCTIONEwood Park is a football stadium although it has a multi-sports facility. It is located in Blackburn, Lancashire and has been hosting Blackburn Rovers club since 1890. The stadium was officially opened in 1882 and has a capacity of 31,154. The stadium has four sections which are Darwen End, Riverside Stand-it stands on the banks of R. Darwen-Blackburn End and the Jack Walker Stand named after a former club owner, Jack Walker. Ewood Park stadium is as big as 115 yards. It is worth noting that this stadium hold several sporting activities such as swimming and athletics in addition to indoor games.
Further than this, it is a site of a club shop and a blue café. It has executive boxes which can be used for various meetings and conferences and can accommodate about 1000 delegates. It also has got big screens in the corner of the stadium which can be used for presentations. The management team has an intention of extending the stadium to hold a capacity of 40,000 fans. The stadium is usually quite busy throughout the years hosting various local and international sporting activities.
On average, the level of attendance has been increasing tremendously over the last three years due to the high rate of events taking place in this stadium. LEGISLATIVE CONTROLSEwood Park has complied with a number of legislations especially those related to safety of all the people in the stadium from the sportsmen to the fans and staff. Some of the legislation includes; safety of Sports Grounds Act of 1975, Safety of Sports grounds Regulation of 1987 the football Spectators Act of 1988, Environmental and Safety Information Act of 1988 among others.
Some of these legislations intend to control the use of venues, an issue that hamper the management of the venue. For example, an authority could charge an applicant the cost of work reasonably involved in the processing of an application for issue, replacement of cancellation of a certificate. CRISIS PLANIn all aspects of the operations, the club regards each individual’s safety using the Ewood Park Stadium to be of great essence be it the sportsmen, the spectators or the stadium staff. The club’s safety policies are usually outlined in the company’s General Safety policy Statement and Safety Policy for Spectator Safety.
In relation to this, the crisis plan is normally intended to from the basis of the club’s response especially to foreseeable emergencies but is not proscriptive and further should be used as a starting point from which all other related responses to evolving emergency situations commence. In addition to this, this plan is considered to be the club’s pre- planned response to any foreseeable emergencies or catastrophes and may operate independently and not considered in isolation but rather it should interrelate as stipulated with the contingency plans of the emergency services as well as the local authority where applicable. Bearing in mind that emergency and catastrophic situations by their nature are difficult to predict and is not always possible to pre-determine the exact responses that may be required to various set of circumstances.
Nonetheless, it is possible to actually identify the possible or potential emergencies or related situations in advance of an emergency occurring and plan an effective response to them. It is for this case that the intention of this plan is basically to identify potential emergencies and consequently set out the club’s initial response to these issues, while taking into account the involvement of emergency services including any other relevant agency to be carried out by the emergency response team.