Stadiums are used for a great many things. It could be a weekend football game, a pop concert or another kind of sporting event. The recent London Olympics reminded many British people of our country’s great sporting traditions and, as a result, more and more people are flocking to large-scale stadium events, be they cultural, athletic or simply a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
A well-run stadium is almost like a miniature town; there are people working at food stalls, cleaners, V.I.Ps, fully trained paramedics, merchandise salesmen (and Women), car park attendants, managers, photographers, artist’s entourages, stage personnel, security guards, groundsmen (and Women!) and more others than I can think of right now. Whatever the event is, you can bet that there will be a committed group of professionals making sure that everyone is safe and well looked after. These people communicate with one another via the use of two-way radios.
Given the sheer size and scale of a modern stadium, it would be quite impossible for some of the employees to reach areas of the venue that require their immediate attention without the use of radios. Two-way radios keep the staff connected and on the same page regarding the smooth running of the stadium itself.
In an accident, or in case of fire, for example, emergency services need always to have a way into the grounds. Personnel already employed by the venue need to be able to work with these emergency services in the event of an accident. Employees need to liaise quickly with one another, especially during situations where lives are very much at stake. How do they do this? They use their radios, of course.
To this end, the Stadium Safety Officer has one of the most important jobs in the entire venue. Their responsibility is to implement a stadium’s safety or security strategy in the event of an accident or emergency, as well as to ensure that the strategy is workable in all situations and eventualities.
All layers of a stadium’s workforce, from the security in the front row of a rock gig, to the person who examines your ticket at Saturday’s game, have to be contactable easily, reliably and instantly. Two-way radios have been in use at venues like these for many years now and it is unlikely that this trend will stop any time soon.