Safety Signage and Stadium Labeling
Written by Jack Rubinger
When thousands and thousands of emotional sports fans get packed together, things can get a little out of hand. National headlines about the fan that flipped over a railing and fell to his death at a Texas Rangers baseball game drew our attention and created a stir. In the moment, he became a part of the game and forgot about being safe.
So how good a job are we doing with stadium safety signage?
A quick perusal of national stadiums shows consistent messages about the influence of drugs and alcohol, underage drinking, throwing items onto the field, obscene language, attempting to enter the field and harassing visiting teams and their fans. But what about warning people about hanging over railings?
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We can learn much about safety signage and stadium labeling from the United European Football Association which has created both stadium infrastructure and stadium safety and security regulations addressing:
- Public passageways
- Crowd dispersal strategy
- Public access and egress
- Identification of persons responsible for safety/security
It’s important to do everything to empower stadiums to create their own safety signage to warn fans about dangerous railings, make exit and entrance signs really stand out, and create safety zones to keep individuals away from areas under repair.
As experts in safety signage and stadium labeling, we recommend using generously proportioned stadium railing safety labels with minimal words and prominent graphics.
Consider the following steps to instill safety through stadium signs and labels:
- If the facility has a mezzanine level, take a view from above for a better perspective.
- List signage needed for each area.
- Note that labels must fit tightly on railings and other surfaces.
- For maximum visibility, create huge signs and labels – particularly impactful when communication must take place at a distance.
Photoluminescent labels which can be seen in the dark during power outages and wayfinding signs and labels are another great idea for stadiums. For behind the scenes work at these facilities, pipe marking labels indicating the directional flow of hazardous fluids and gases and signs warning people to keep their distance from electrical cables also provide safety benefits.
Look around almost any stadium in the world and you’ll see enormous ads, pyrotechnics and other impressive visuals that command your attention. But stadiums are really missing an opportunity to make safety signage more of a concern.
One challenge is the fact that baseball teams, for example, determine their own safety features based on local laws. There are no overriding national stadium safety standards.
Don’t be afraid to be bold with your safety signage. First, take a look at any data available for your venue, as to where injuries are taking place. Also study your fans' behavior to assess other areas of potential risk. Then, determine what fans need to know about distances and directions, such as finding their seating section or finding the restrooms. Make sure your message makes sense for the situation. Finally, consider how many labels are needed to drive home the point.
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