Introduction: Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic PLC (the Club) is selected for its description for the stadium for a crisis management plan. A safety certificate has been issued by the Football Licensing Authority under the Safety at Sports Ground Act 1975 under the Club Safety Policy. The club is located at Ewood Park, Nuttal Street, and Blackburn. The stadium has a seating capacity of thirty one thousand one hundred and fifty four (31,154), consisting of three, two tears stands with the names, The Jack Walker Stand, The Blackburn End Stand and The Darwin End Stand.
There is an additional fourth single tear stand called as CIS Stand. All the three main stands have corporate facilities located in the main stands with in the stadium; a Blues Café Bar is situated with in the Blackburn End Stand for the provision of light refreshment to the audience. A retail shop is located within the premises of the stadium but separate from the major stands of the stadium. The Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic PLC (the Club) is used for the organization of Football Matches between the National as well as international teams.
The club is used by the playing teams as on the basis of their demands and approved schedules by the relevant Football Associations. The Club is used by the administrators of the organization for the conduction of the matches and to accommodate the audience as per approved safety guidelines and with an advanced emergency crisis management plan to deal with any unforeseen crisis that may arise pre, during and post matches scenario. Legislative control: The Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic PLC (the Club) has a legal coverage by the General Safety Certificate issued by the Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council which is a Certifying Authority under the License issued by the Football Licensing Authority (FLA).
The stadium is protected under the Safety at Sports Ground Act 1975 (as amended) in lines with the guide to the Safety at Sports Ground and the Club Safety Policy. The protection of the stadium is guaranteed by the relevant coverage under the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975 and is sufficient for the administration to take relevant measures for ensuring stadium’s security with the observance of the relevant clauses of the Safety Act as per policy relating to the Club Safety. The crisis plan: The management plans are designed to tackle the emergency situations which may arise during the pre, playing and post playing periods in the stadiums with maximum safety, minimum losses and optimum utilization of the resources with the consideration of all possible variables and selection of most suitable plan as to achieve broader objectives with the implementation of the crisis management plan (1).
A comprehensive crisis management plan for the Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic PLC (the Club) has been designed; the implementation of the plan will ensure safety of all the stakeholders including the players, the spectators, the administrator and the media persons in a coordinated and orderly manner(2).
The crisis management will be supervised by a central command and control authority through a nominated safety officer called Safety Officer who will be responsible for the management and control the emergency situation. The officer will have a close liaison with the Police Commander who will be over all in charge and may discharge total command for the crisis management as in accordance with the major objectives of the plan that is to maintain a secure position for all the participating parties in the club.
The Football Club will be responsible for the control, monitoring and safety of the crowd entering, departing and resting in the stadium especially during the conduction of the national as well as international matches. Each major area will guided and protected as on the basis of compartmentalization. Each compartment will have a set of Lancashire Constabulary with the duties especially relating to controlling and preserving safety of the crowd.
Ground Safety Officers will be deployed for each stand of the club. The crisis management plan has been designed to tackle any type of emergency ranging from postponement of the match to the forged tickets and entry of the personals without any lawful permission and holding of valid tickets for the purpose. The plan is supplemented with the medical arrangement and media management which are essential requirements for ensuring for smooth implementation of the execution of the crisis management plan for averting the emergencies with their minimum after effects(3).