The away fan invasion at Emirates Stadium recently was a reminder of how stadium and event management needs to be properly integrated and that extreme behaviour by spectators can still blindside venue management. Are ticketing systems up to the task of filling seats in a way that is compatible with public safety?
A fan simply invading the pitch and attacking a player at Celtic Park is perhaps more worrying because solid stewarding and the threat of heavy punishment is thought to have been enough to deter this kind of action.
Are fans becoming more extreme in their actions? Is terrorism taking safety managers’ eyes off the ball when it comes to crowd behaviour? Sunderland FC’s staff at the Stadium of Light identified a (plastic) bottle thrower at a recent game – CCTV doing its work – to remind us that investment in safety people and equipment works.