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Accreditation: Stadium concerts under the spotlight

Freddie FitzGerald
By Accredit Solutions 7 August 2019
More often than not, stadiums are built to house sports clubs and host sporting fixtures. Week in week out, stadium operators are able to use the same credentialing software, access control zones, user groups, badge design and accreditation forms. 

But what happens when the venue use changes? Large and new stadiums are now multi-space venues that are routinely hired out to third parties for concerts, theatrical productions, awards ceremonies and corporate hospitality. This brings new event organisers, contractors, access zones, badges… 

Regardless of the tenant, stadiums must still be secure. So make sure that the accreditation system installed for your regular timetable of sporting fixtures is adaptable to cover events held by third parties.   

So far this year, Accredit Solutions has provided accreditation solutions for major stadiums and concerts up and down the UK including the Spice Girls, Muse, Jess Glynn and Metallica.  Keeping over 380,000 revellers secure by ensuring that only pre-approved contractors, staff and media are allowed entry into the right areas of the stadium at the right times. 

If you work within a multi-space venue, there are some key things to consider concerning accreditation when your  sports stadium is turned into a concert space. 

Contractors will change. Concerts will need AV companies, riggers, stage build crews…if your accreditation software utilises group accounts for contractors to submit security documentation, then set these new user groups up well in advance and make sure new contractors are au-fait with the procedure and documents required before you need to start processing applications.

Your access control zones may change. You will suddenly have backstage areas, dressing rooms, VIP suites, pitch-side bars…Top up high security areas with a mobile access control solution to make sure all of your workers and staff are in the right spaces. 

And pretty obvious but your badge artwork will change. As will the access zones to include, badge types, and perhaps security features. Liaise with the concert organiser and security teams well in advance to get this right. 

Check out our other blog posts for further information on what to include in your badge design, how to process contractor applications efficiently and how to manage media accreditation like a pro