The security measures and regulations applied in sport facilities are at the very highest standard in comparison to other soft places, however, there is a large drop in regards to procedures and training to prevent and respond to CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear) threats. According to the recent EUROPOL TE-SAT reports, there is a general increase in terrorist propaganda on using CBRN threats in attacks and tutorials on how to carry out such an attack. In addition, the COVID-19 shows how easily biological agents can be spread in such an environment (i.e. UEFA match in Bergamo).
Therefore, there is a need to strengthen CBRN security at sport facilities, especially, that the biggest object may host up to 80 000 spectators. In general, the project will result in preparing the integrated CBRN protection system for sport facilities in accordance to Good Practices to support the protection of public spaces. The project consortium comprises of several leading private and public expertise and new technology providers in relation to public protection and CBRN threats; law enforcement agencies; security agency; sport clubs and sport facility operators. The system will be freely available on the online platform and will cover:
- needs analysis of sport facilities in the area of prevention, response and recovery form CBRN incident, based on desk reserch, good practices collection, surveys and study visit at sportstadiums.
- comprehensive set of security procedures, recommendations for improvements in infrastructure and equipment; tools and templates for vulnerability and risk assessment or preparing security plans; optimal protocols for cooperation with public services; a comprehensive set of security procedures, recommendations for improvements in infrastructure and equipment; tools and templates for vulnerability and risk assessment or preparing security plans; optimal protocols for cooperation with public services;
- the training materials in a form of modular training programme including eLearning with Virtual Reality tailored to the need of sport stadiums and its employees.
The project direct beneficiries are security staff members (i.e. Safety and Security Manager), stewards, private and public security services and sport associations’ officials and trainers. The system will be implemented by a series of training (face-to-face and online) as well as a pilot of large-scale exercises at the sport facilities. Mainstreaming and EU-wide impact will be enhanced by dissemination activities including several events, seminars and meetings to inform decision makers and other relevant stakeholders.
In summary, the activities undertaken within the Safe Stadium project will focus primarily on:
- Conducting research and analysis – identifying good practices, vulnerability and risk assessment;
- Development of system elements – adequate procedures, tools, plans and guidelines;
- Development of elements of the system – infrastructure, ICT, equipment;
- Development of elements of the system – training materials and eLearning platform;
- Preparing a system for an epidemiological enquiry.