Whilst we work towards creating the conditions for safe and enjoyable experiences for spectators at all sports grounds, ultimate responsibility for the safety of spectators lies at all times with the ground management.

Spectator safety is achieved by establishing a balance between good management and good design. It cannot be achieved simply by ensuring that individual components of a ground such as stairways, gangways and viewing decks are satisfactory in themselves.

The inter-relation of these and other components is critical. None can be treated in isolation without consideration of the effect its design and management has upon the other components. They should all be compatible and combine to form a balanced unit.

Detailed guidance on measures intended to improve safety at existing grounds, in terms of both their design and safety management is available in the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide). Although it is not a definitive design guide it also offers guidance on good practice in the design and management of new grounds or newly constructed sections of grounds.

Some of the advice in the Green Guide has been supplemented by additional detailed advice given by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority in its publications and circulars.

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