1.0 Introduction - Analysis of StadiumThe structural design of Ewood Park has four sections. Three of the sections are two tier stands and are Blackburn End Stand, Jack Walker Stand and the Darwen End Stand. The fourth section is a single tier stand, which is the CIS stand. The stadium is located in Blackburn at the Ewood Park next to Nuttall Street. The stadium that was built in 1882 has a capacity of 31,154 (Contingency Plan). Ewood Park stadium is used as a football ground with the football pitch measuring 105m (115 yards) by 69m (76 yards) (Blackburn 2009).
In Women Euro 2005 competition, the stadium hosted three matches – two group stage matches and the final. The stadium has the capability of hosting both daytime and night matches. It is the 14th largest holding capacity in the Premiership and attracts the highest percentage of town capacity. The population of the town is about 105,085, thus the attendance is about a quarter of the entire town’s population (Blackburn 2009). 2.0 Legislation ControlThere are many licenses and legislates that controls the way in which the stadium manages and gathers for safety.
Some of the legislatives that are in place include General Safety Certificate, Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975, Safety at Sports Grounds and Club Safety Policy (Fire Service Inspectorate 2002). The legislative is based under the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) which lays details concerning playgrounds. Some of details are provisions for gangways, adequate structure, crash barrier designs and fire escapes. This will ensure that the stadium can control crowd, structural stability, means of access and access for persons with disability.
All these provisions are contained in the Act. The Act ensures that the management has a framework that ensures safety in stadium and a guideline that guides developing the stadium policies (Fire Service Inspectorate 2002). 3.0 Crisis Management in the Stadium3.1 Level of CrisisThe emergency set is able to tackle a variety of emergency or hazards that may occur. The emergency plan can control minor to catastrophic disasters. Minor emergencies include postponement of matches to the major including bomb threats and other suspect items e. g. CBRN items. Collaboration with other bodies and the way that they approach an incident makes it able to be ready to address any arising issue.
For example, abandoned luggage is inspected in certain way to ensure that its contents are verified with minimal consequences or exposure. There are specific measures that ensure that diverse equipments are in place to ensure that incidents chances are minimal. Spectators on the stand are grouped such that they will not cause overloading on the stand. Moreover, exit means and internal emergency system e. g. fire system alarms and sprinklers ensure that minor emergency can be easily addressed.
Thus, the threats that are reflected in the assignment brief are factored in the contingency plan. There are plans to control fire incidents, bombs, chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. These are examples of incidents that may occur. Moreover, with the help of steward and officers, they monitor the development of emergency incident and report to the relevant authorities. Stewards are strategically placed such that they may easily notice any complications concerning the safety of spectators. Nevertheless, the support of CCTV and radio calls ensures that the development and nature of the emergency is easily analyzed.