SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…read more
Venue industry reacts to Manchester Arena terror attack
The callous terror attack on fans leaving the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom on Monday evening is likely to have an impact on the global venues and events industry.
With 22 people, including children and young people, declared dead and more than 50 hospitalised with injuries, it would appear that the suicide bomber mingled with fans as they left the concert exploiting a key vulnerability of many venues that allow the public to access areas near major venues without being searched.
The explosion took place just after 10:30 pm local time, minutes after U.S. singer Ariana Grande left the stage at the Manchester Arena. It happened in the foyer of the venue with hundreds of people heading towards car parks and the local Victoria train station.
Writing in The Conversation, David Lowe, Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Police Studies at Liverpool John Moores University commented “security is usually strict upon entering sporting and concert venues such as the Manchester Arena. Bags are searched and tickets closely checked.
“But perhaps we need stricter measures at these venues when people are leaving. This is not an easy task, as we saw in Manchester - friends and relatives were also waiting near the exit to pick people up and take them home.”
Locally, a spokesman for ANZ Stadium, which is set to host the Liverpool FC versus Sydney FC match tomorrow night, confirmed there will be a “high presence of police and security” conducting thorough checks on fans.
The spokesman added “ANZ Stadium management works closely with the NSW Police Force to identify any risks relating to the staging of major events.
“The Stadium is constantly reviewing its security procedures and is having ongoing dialogue with police.
“As with all major events, fans attending the match should arrive early to allow for security checks and to be in their seats in time for the pre-match build-up.”
Concert and sporting venues along with night clubs have been targeted by terrorists in recent years, including the Bataclan Theatre and Stade de France in the Paris attacks, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida,USA last year and Reina nightclub in the Turkish city of Istanbul in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Ed Sheeran will perform 14 stadium concerts in Australia and New Zealand next year, with his local promoter Frontier Touring warning fans not to bring a backpack or larger bags.
The spokeswoman advised “Frontier Touring continue to take security measures at concert events extremely seriously.
“Appropriate measures at all events are undertaken with consideration of the act, the venue and the circumstances at the time.
“For all upcoming Ed Sheeran concerts, back packs and large bags will strictly not be allowed.”
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated In Parliament "we have seen too many crimes perpetrated by acts of violence and terrorism in places of mass gathering not to realise that we need to do more to keep our public places safe.”
A minutes silence for the victims of the attack was held during the 2017 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Gala Dinner and Awards Night being held this evening.
Outgoing Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Chairman Trevor Dohnt condemned that attack, saying “it impacts everyone in this industry and we send our thoughts and condolences to all affected by this terrible attack.”
Images: Manchester Arena's entrance (top) and from the air (below).
Article amended 4.50pm 26th May 2017.
18th May 2017 - VMA TO WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS
13th June 2016 - RISK SOLUTIONS FOR VENUES AND LARGE PUBLIC GATHERINGS
2nd December 2015 - AUSTRALIAN VENUES TO BOOST SECURITY FOLLOWING PARIS ATTACKS
20th November 2015 - ISLAMIC STATE JIHADISTS TARGET MAJOR VENUES IN TERROR CAMPAIGN
19th November 2015 - VENUE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION SENDS SYMPATHY TO EUROPEAN VENUE MANAGERS
18th November 2015 - SAFETY AND SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR PROTECTING STADIA AND SPORT VENUES
16th November 2015 - VENUE MANAGERS ASSESS SECURITY AFTER PARIS TERROR ATTACKS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
@leisure is a team of experienced leisure, aquatic and sports facility managers and planners, with market modelling, sports management, recreation planning, business and GIS qualifications. We have…read more
ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing. 19th July 2018 - ENTA…read more
Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…read more
Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…read more
As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…read more
The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!