Burnley has hired mobile temporary security barriers to protect fans on match days at its Turf Moor home stadium, in a move the football club said is a first for the English Premier League.
Working in partnership with events management company StadiumTM, the club installed temporary security barriers ahead of the recent game against Swansea City. The barrier operates as a surface guard system and protects against vehicle ramming attacks.
Coventry-based StadiumTM sent a team to install 38m of barriers around Turf Moor ahead of the game, in a move designed to help protect fans from terrorist attacks. Pedestrians can pass through the barrier safely and it can be dropped in 30 seconds to allow access to emergency vehicles.
Vehicle attacks are on the rise around the world and earlier this year, a number of people were killed during an incident in London. This has led to an increase in security measures, although Burnley said this project the first of its kind in the Premier League.
David McAtamney, managing director of StadiumTM, said: “Keeping crowds and public spaces safe during an event is paramount, and following shocking vehicle attacks across the globe – including here in the UK – we wanted to be at the forefront of bringing effective barrier systems to public events.
“The barriers are a temporary security measure which not only acts as a deterrent, but can also arrest and stop vehicles. We were able to quickly install and remove the barriers, and crowds entering and exiting Turf Moor were able to pass through them easily.
“While there are other methods available, they are inefficient, costly and hinder pedestrian flow, making it difficult to both enter and exit a site.
“We had already successfully installed more than 100 metres of barriers at a large public event in Stockton-on-Tees and have now received even more excellent feedback from Burnley Football Club.”