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Successful Lockdown Training At Manchester Arena

Tuesday evening saw Showsec set up and carry out Lockdown training at Manchester Arena. Most of us carry out regular evacuation training as demanded by the SGSA or the local SAG, but lockdown is a relatively new concept.

The training was initially generic where a “mock-up” of externals was built on the Arena floor with search lanes and entry points. First of all there was a lone-wolf knifeman at large entering the search queues. Then there was a group of them who got through the search to the ticket check point (turnstiles). The outcome was that when the call went in to Event Control, the Arena was locked down and those outside the doors were still vulnerable, including external staff.

Staff then were asked to re-perform this outside the Arena at the key entry points to give them an understanding of what it might look like “in the real world”.

The Arena operators, SMG Europe together with Showsec International built the training sessions which took a considerable amount of time to put together and the staff participation elements lasted in excess of 4 hours.

I’m not sure how many of us have introduced this type of training at our stadiums, but it may be a good idea to think about it over the next 12 months.

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