Twenty-six concerts in 19 days marks the start of a busy summer

The end of the football season in May is always a key date in the Stadium calendar.

Primarily it signals the successful end to another season of providing crowd management and traffic management to our clients, with the focus soon switching to preparations for the next campaign.

But as the door closes on football with live matches taking a break, another opens with a busy summer period often led by festivals, concerts and other large-scale sporting events.

That has certainly been the case so far for the Stadium team with 2022 representing one of the busiest summer calendars we’ve ever had.

It has been a non-stop summer for our team and it all began in June, which was an exceptionally busy month for us with 26 concerts in 19 days.

That took us from the very first event on June 4 at Detonate Festival in Nottingham; to the final event on June 22 for Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Typically over the course of June we would normally support four or five events, but this year concert season has been frantic due to a number of re-scheduled performances following Covid-19, on top of existing touring schedules announced by artists and promoters.

For us it poses a challenge that we relish, and for our staff it offers variety in the work we provide.

Our team were as spread as Liverpool, to Bristol, Norwich and London. Logistically, for most companies, the scale and geographical spread of these events is a test.

Over the course of the 19 days we helped to keep more than 700,000 people safe, deployed 2,000 cones and put up 800 signs as part of our traffic management plans.

We relied on 20 vans, two HGVs, and put on more than 50 staff coaches.

We had a team of more than 700 staff from our vastly experienced pools across areas such as Birmingham, Coventry, Liverpool and Burnley.

And during what has been a hot summer so far, our team used up more than 2,000 litres of water and sun cream to stay hydrated and protected from the sun.

To prepare for such a month takes a huge amount of planning and for us it was around 18 months.

Most of the work is put in before the team on the day have even set foot on site.

That is anything from working out traffic management plans, designing all the traffic management systems, applying for relevant traffic management orders, producing all the signs, getting equipment and vehicles ready, training the staff, planning for staff movements, and devising crowd management plans.

There’s also the additional challenge of working across different types of events, from stadium concerts to ones in greenfields.

Concerts in greenfields typically take longer to plan for that those in stadiums due to the fact systems are not already in place week in and week out.

Key to planning both of these however is site visits. It is vital managers that are running it are there in advance, working with the client to plan on site rather than from a computer.

It has truly been a colossal effort from everybody involved at Stadium to carry out such a significant month for us, but once the engines were fired up there was no stopping us and our team did extremely well.

This work is also really welcome and we need it to keep the staff busy so they are ready for the new season.

A busy summer and 26 concerts in 19 days is not only good for our staff, and us – it is good for our industry.

The industry has come back bigger and better than before, and there’s still so much more to come from us this year.

— Carl Taylor, Managing Director at Stadium

Stadium appoints new Managing Director

Leading national event management specialist Stadium has appointed a new managing director to accelerate the firm’s UK expansion.

Carl Taylor will lead the UK operations of Stadium, which is headquartered on Bodmin Road, Coventry, but operates globally, and employs more than 1,000 staff.

He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in the events industry for the past 18 years, and will play a crucial role in Stadium’s involvement in the summer games.

He joins at a key time for the firm, which recently launched one of the biggest recruitment drives in its history with almost 300 jobs available in the West Midlands.

Carl said: “I’m delighted to be joining Stadium and working alongside such a respected team, which has developed an excellent reputation within the events industry.

“It is also a company which has seen a tremendous amount of growth in recent years, and I feel that ambition – and the core values of honesty and integrity – align perfectly with me.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there, meeting our clients, and getting on the ground with all of our teams.”

Carl, who is from Northampton, joins from OCS Group where he helped support preparations for the summer games.

Prior to that he was Head of Events at Carlisle Support Services, working alongside organisations including AELTC, Lord’s Cricket, and Cheltenham Racecourse.

Stadium Founder and Executive Chairman David McAtamney, who continues to lead their global operations, said: “It’s great to have someone of Carl’s experience on board.

“I have no doubt his industry knowledge and contacts will be a great asset for us and our clients, during what is already shaping up to be a busy year.”

Stadium was formed in 2009 and provides traffic management, event services and training, as well as rental of security barriers, the hiring of stewards and Security Industry Authority (SIA) security staff for events.

The firm supports events ranging from the Olympic Games to Premier League football matches, and sell-out concerts to high-profile conferences.

Security industry must be open on challenges

It was great to meet some familiar – and new – faces at The Football Safety Officers Association 30th anniversary Conference and Exhibition in March.

This is a chance for safety officers to share experiences and best practice, particularly given the fact we all cater for the same fans, often encountering the same issues.

It is equally important therefore that we use it as a platform to discuss challenges, as it is only through being honest and open that we can overcome these together.

One of the biggest problems facing the industry at the moment is the massive shortage of safety stewards which is making recruitment more difficult than ever before.

Stadium has been in the industry for 13 years and in that time things have really changed. If we did a recruitment session 13 years ago, we’d have 80 people turn up, but we’ve had recent sessions with just 10 per cent of that figure.

Because we have been in various lockdowns for so long and the economy has now opened back up again, we now have more events than we have safety stewards across the UK.

The demand for safety stewards is very much there which is why we have launched a major recruitment drive at Stadium to fill almost 300 roles in the West Midlands.

Nationally we all need to look at why it is difficult to recruit at the moment. Rather sadly, one thing that our staff up and down the country have noticed is an undeniable rise in levels of anger.

Figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council for this season up to December show arrests at football matches have increased 38 per cent from the 2019/20 season – up from 655 to 901.

In the media recently there has been several instances involving fans at football matches. A man who threw a plastic bottle onto the pitch and hit a player during a Premier League game received a four-year Football Banning Order at the end of March, but a week before a fan who threw coins and assaulted stewards in an FA Cup game only received a £100 fine.

There’s a lack of consistency on punishment and more banning orders are needed to ensure fans – and safety stewards – do not have to endure this kind of behaviour. They could be your wife, your son, or your brother, and they must be protected while in their place of work.

At Stadium, we also work hard to offer incentives to our staff. That can include training to all of our new recruits, providing them with coach transportation if they are fulfilling a role that is further away from their home, and also providing them with variety of work. We have also just launched our ‘Introduce a Friend’ scheme, offering staff a bonus if they introduce a friend who completes their first three shifts.

As an industry, we can also not get away from the fact pay is also an issue, one that is heightened by the fact some football clubs pay more or less than others.

There are some clubs who cannot financially pay the living wage and only pay the minimum wage, but it can make filling those roles more of a challenge.

If we as an industry were to sign up to the national living wage that would then encourage more people to join, and retain more of those already here.

Without that steward a club cannot open their gates, they are not going to spot the fire in the stands and evacuate the fans, and they cannot put their game on.

For me the steward is ultimately the most important person on match-days and, as an industry, we have got to start recognising this.

— Lorraine Baillie, International Director at Stadium

Stadium launches major recruitment drive

A leading Midlands security company has launched one of the biggest recruitment drives in its history with almost 300 new jobs available across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Coventry-based Stadium has around 280 casual roles to fill as it prepares for a busy 2022.

Jobs range from spectator safety stewards, door supervisors, and customer service stewards, all of which will play a key role in sporting events in the West Midlands this year.

David McAtamney, owner and founder of Stadium, said: “There is lots happening in the sporting and recreation calendar this year across our region which is fantastic to see.

“The year is already lining up to be one of our busiest ever with new work home and abroad, but as a West Midlands company it is great to be able to offer so many jobs locally.

“We have won some exciting new contracts for 2022 and the fact we are continuing to recruit and expand is a fantastic show of confidence in our industry, especially after the past couple of years.”

Roles are on a casual contract basis, giving people flexibility to work around other commitments or work as much as they would like.

Some of the responsibilities include welcoming all visitors to the venues, dealing with queries and offering assistance regarding the event, and helping to direct flow of foot traffic.

Experience working within the field is advantageous but not essential, as Stadium will provide all training to support successful candidates.

Stadium has an excellent reputation within the industry and works on a national and international scale, providing traffic management, event services and training, as well as rental of security barriers, the hiring of stewards and SIA security staff for events.

The leading security specialist supports a wide variety of events ranging from sell-out concerts, high-profile conferences, to Premier League football matches with clients including Liverpool Football Club, Burnley Football Club, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

For further details on the roles and to apply, visit www.wearestadium.com/join-our-team.

Another busy year – and plenty to look forward to in 2022

We have ended 2021 just as we began – with another busy period.

Christmas and New Year is one of our busiest times of the year with a packed football fixture list.

Traditionally, Boxing Day is a big footballing day and it’s almost become part of the Christmas festivities, as people rush to sport to get out of the mince pies and turkey from the day before.

This period is always a welcome time for us at Stadium as we look forward to helping football clubs around the country host these events, making sure everybody has a safe and enjoyable time.

Over the course of the year, we have been tremendously busy.

We started the year supporting Covid testing sites up and down the country, committing resource to a new network of lateral flow testing sites.

July and August marked the start of the football season as crowds returned.

In the summer, we were proud to play our part in big events right here in the heart of Coventry such as the Godiva Festival and Coventry Moves – the signature event of UK City of Culture.

Like everything, it felt very much like turning on a tap. We had a huge rush if events and people wanting to experience them.

Our industry was badly affected by a lack of staff returning after 18 months of Covid, although it is an issue which has challenged many different sectors. But things are evolving all the time, as they have again in recent weeks with the new variant.

On December 16, Liverpool’s home tie with Newcastle was our first game which required proof of coronavirus vaccination or a negative lateral flow as part of new Government legislation on crowds of over 10,000 people, so we added additional resource to the team at Anfield to ensure this was achieved quickly, efficiently and safely.

All we can do is follow the guidelines and we are encouraging our staff to get their vaccinations to help keep themselves, and others, safe.

Looking ahead to 2022, we are already planning for a huge year in the UK with further sporting and music events, and we are delighted to be playing our part in Her Majesty’s Jubilee celebrations.

Overseas, we are looking forward to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, where we will be providing a range of stewarding training in Doha to around 20,000 Qatari people.

This is one of the biggest contracts in our company’s history, which has been borne out of the fantastic reputation that the business has forged for itself over the past 12 years.

It gives us great pride our expertise is being recognised internationally.

The knowledge we are passing on will ensure that thousands of spectators will be able to attend one of the biggest showcases in 2022.

We were recently visited by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, who showed great interest in our work in both Qatar and here in the UK, which is very encouraging.

It is further encouraging that we have won some exciting new contracts for 2022 and we are continuing to recruit and expand, with a drive for around 200 new staff.

This is a fantastic show of confidence in our industry.

To already be winning new business, and taking on more new recruits, expanding our staffing numbers to more than 1,000, means we can start the New Year with real vigour.

— David McAtamney, Owner & Founder of Stadium

Events after the pandemic…

These have been strange times for everyone as we have all had to endure the impacts of Covid on our personal and professional lives.

Hopefully we are now emerging from the other side of the pandemic and certainly life is getting back to somewhere near normal.

For our staff at Stadium, that means we have very much been out on the streets working on a series of events from the MotoGP at Silverstone through to the Godiva Festival in our home city of Coventry – and everything in between.

After everything we have been through, there were bound to be some changes in behaviour. I think we all hoped they would be for the better as we had all appreciated the efforts of the NHS and other key workers and had looked out more for our neighbours and relatives, as well as witnessing the trauma many have been through in losing loved ones.

However, rather sadly, one thing that our staff up and down the country have noticed, as events have returned, is an undeniable rise in levels of anger.

The anger in a section of people attending events is way outside any levels of normality. We have been undertaking work at events for more than a decade and we know what the norms are – but there has been a massive increase in anger.

As we are involved in road closures on event days around venues, we are, of course, used to people being frustrated. No-one likes their day-to-day life being inconvenienced, but our staff are highly trained and experienced in dealing with those situations.

We work to a plan which is approved by police and local authorities and is well publicised in the local area around each venue, so people naturally adapt.

Over the course of a year, if we have one minor incident where one of our staff is hurt, maybe brushed by a slow-moving car, then that is it.

However, during August alone we have had four instances where people have driven deliberately at my staff intending to do harm.

It is a combination of a variety factors – people have got used to there being no events for 18 months, roads have not been closed, they have been effectively locked up at home and have had all sorts of pressures to deal with.

Their mindset appears to have changed, and now we are free to return to some sort of normality, it has had an impact of people’s behaviour and tolerances.

I hope that, as things settle down, so will that level of behaviour. If not, it will mean more hostile vehicle mitigation measures being put in place which in turn means more disruption for people and no-one wants to see that.

I have to keep my staff and event-goers safe – that is the  priority. Many of our staff have been without work as events have been cancelled and they, like everyone else, have had their lives impacted by this dreadful virus.

They are merely doing their job to ensure everyone remains safe and thereby allow events to happen. I would just ask people to show them the same decency, understanding and tolerance as they would anyone else working to ease us back to normality.

— David McAtamney, Owner & Founder of Stadium

Stadium joins national effort against Covid-19

A Coventry-based event management specialist has joined the national effort against Covid-19 by committing resource to a new network of lateral flow testing sites across the city.

Stadium, which is based on Bodmin Road, Coventry, is providing around 80 of its experienced events staff to help facilitate lateral flow covid tests for asymptomatic individuals, which produce results after 30 minutes.

The new testing sites that Stadium staff will be supporting include Coventry Transport Museum, The Alan Higgs Centre and Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre, with more sites to follow.

Coventry City Council, which is overseeing the running of the sites, enlisted the support of Stadium to help the sites collectively cater for up to 20,000 lateral flow tests a week.

Stadium’s staff will be assisting with the registration of visitors to each site and managing socially-distanced queues, as well as guiding individuals through the self-administered test and processing test results.

Scott Metcalfe, Managing Director at Stadium, said: “We are really proud to be able to play our part in helping the city of Coventry to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

“All of our staff are experienced in safety management and working on large, high-profile events, making them ideally placed to provide the efficiency and attention to detail that the operation of these new testing sites require.

“Our staff have a crucial role to play in helping the city of Coventry to drive down the Covid infection rate, since the more people that are tested, the higher the chances are that asymptomatic carriers can self-isolate before infecting others.

“We’re extremely honoured as a business to be asked to support in this way, and hopefully more testing such as this can have a positive impact on reducing infections while the vaccine continues to be rolled out.”

Stadium, an event management specialist, has performed on the world’s biggest stages for the past ten years, ensuring that as audiences have been entertained, they have shared experiences in a safe and secure environment. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government restrictions affecting venues and stadia, Stadium have re-assigned their staffing resources to support the national effort.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “We are very grateful to have the support of Stadium. Community testing is an important component in stopping the spread of Coronavirus, but we need willing people to come forward and join our dedicated workforce in order to make this happen.

“Stadium have shown their willingness and commitment in putting others first in the fight against coronavirus by playing their part in this work. We are delighted to have them on board and through their help, continue to deliver these vital tests to Coventry people.”

Innovative system helps retail customers safely return

Two Coventry firms are at the front of the queue in helping retailers attract customers back to the town and city centres.

Stadium, which specialises in security, safety and traffic management, has teamed up with Flood Engineering to design and produce an innovative queuing system which will keep shoppers socially distanced as well as dry, and also allow retailers to double the number of people they have waiting to enter their stores.

The new system allows two parallel lines of people separated by an anti – bacterial perspex dividing wall, while a roof keeps them dry as they wait outside a store, business or venue.

The structure can either be temporarily surface mouthed or fixed more permanently to the floor using a patented locking system, and can vary in length to suit the requirements of the business/ event.

David McAtamney, founder of Stadium, said the new system was designed to help property owners ensure customer safety but also to protect the public from the elements.

He said: “The lockdown and partial re-opening has, by and large, coincided with some good summer weather but that will change and with social distancing here to stay for some considerable time, people’s appetite for queueing when the conditions are not so good, may start to wane.

“We have worked in stewarding and safety for 10 years, and we know that creating conditions that allow people to queue in safety and in a way which is very obvious for them, is best.

“As more normal conditions return and there are more pedestrians in towns and city centres, stores are going to have to be very organized to ensure the highest levels of safety, and people will only use those business which now have the best measures in place.”

The two companies have already conducted a demonstration in Coventry city centre which proved successful.

David added: “We have the contract for stewarding and safety in the city and have helped ensure that the city centre re-opened successfully, so it was the ideal time to showcase.

“We have had great feedback from retailers and the city centre authorities and hope to soon have the system in action for real.

“As well as helping retailers ensure that queuing is orderly and safe, it also offers great opportunities for branding and marketing, which would allow the businesses to offset their costs.”

At Stadium we provide Event Services, HVM Rental Solutions and Training.  To discuss any of our services in more detail please call us on 024 7518 9999 or send us an email at info@wearestadium.com

For more ways to get in touch head to our Contact page.

We are open and happy to help

Stadium remains open for business as normal despite the difficulties everyone is facing due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Covid-19 pandemic presents new challenges for many businesses but as a nation we must all support each other as much as possible throughout this time of uncertainty.

The health of our staff and their families remains our number one priority, however, as a business we are fortunate to remain open and continue to support our clients, both existing and new.

Stadium is in the best position to help your business as priorities turn to reducing conflict in our everyday lives, keeping people safe and the security of open and closed premises.

As a major supplier to the events industry we have more than 1,000 trained and experienced staff available to provide a range of high-quality services, including:

  • Stewarding and patrols
  • Hiring and installing Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers
  • Car park management
  • Queue management
  • Traffic management
  • Building security and access control
  • Transport and logistics (lorries & vans available)
  • Crowd fencing, traffic signs and cones

Our stewards are trained in crowd safety and the handling of crowd issues, the movement of people, dealing with incidents and emergencies, First Aid, searching, and customer service.

They are also trained to provide the highest standards of security when it comes to protecting businesses.

We would happy to discuss how we can help your business. Please contact us on 024 7518 9999, info@wearestadium.com or visit www.wearestadium.com for more information.

Keeping people safe – that’s what we do.

Coronavirus: Stadium measures 13 March 2020

Founder and Managing Director, David McAtamney for Stadium said: “We respect the Premier League and the EFL’s decision to defer all football matches until the weekend of April 3 due to coronavirus.

“We are closely monitoring the advice from the UK Government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation to inform our response to the outbreak.

“The health and well-being of our staff and their families is of paramount importance to Stadium.

“We await future announcements from the Premier League and the EFL about when fans can return to attending matches.”

 

Stadium wins Best Security Company award

A Coventry security company is celebrating after scooping a prestigious national industry award for a highly successful 2019.

Stadium won the ‘Best Security Company’ award at the Event Production Awards, held in London in March.

The awards aim to recognise the very best suppliers to the major outdoor and live events industry.

Stadium was able to win the award thanks to its rapid progress in 2019 – including winning a contract to train senior safety officials in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Stadium’s founder David McAtamney was delighted the firm won an award in such an important category.

He said: “Stadium had a fantastic 2019 – we hugely increased our stock and variety of hostile vehicle mitigation barriers, meaning we could appeal to far more customers than ever before.

“Some of the events we installed HVM at included the ICC Cricket World Cup, NFL matches in London, the Fever Tree Tennis Championships, and the Godiva Music Festival in Coventry.

“We also won the contract to provide a bespoke training programme to safety officials and police in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, and trained around 1,300 learners in the country in the last year alone.

“We were so pleased the Event Production Awards recognised our achievements by crowning us ‘Best Security Company’ at the ceremony.

“We’re continuing to make great strides this year – we are now accredited by training body Lantra to teach traffic management courses, have attracted more clients for our range of services, and our training programme in Qatar is continuing in earnest.

“I’d like to thank all the team at Stadium for their amazing work over 2019 – we could not have won this award without them.”

Stadium’s win in the Event Production Awards capped off a successful award season for the firm.

Stadium were finalists in two categories in the Midlands Business Awards 2020, for two categories in the Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2020, the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards 2019, and the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2019.

At Stadium we provide Event Services, HVM Rental Solutions and Training.  To discuss any of our services in more detail please call us on 024 7518 9999 or send us an email at info@wearestadium.com

For more ways to get in touch head to our Contact page.