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Keeping fans safe at sports grounds and stadiums is one of the primary concerns for clubs worldwide, and there are several solutions used in different sports across the world.

In this post, we’ll briefly cover three types of sports ground protection systems that can be installed to keep fans and spectators safe as they enjoy watching their favourite sports teams battle it out.

Ball Stop Netting

Ball stop netting is probably the most popular sports stadium safety measure as it’s cost-effective and can be used in a range of situations. From football grounds to baseball stadiums, ball stop netting will protect spectators from wayward balls coming their way.

Football clubs usually install ball stop netting behind the goalposts at either end of the pitch. If a player accidentally sends the ball flying beyond this point, the nets will catch it and prevent injury to fans in front of them.

For smaller ball sports like baseball and cricket, clubs can use a smaller 20mm mesh that allows fans to see through while keeping them safe.

Ball stop netting can also be used alongside other safety measures such as fencing or railings around pitches where there are no protective nets or behind the goalposts where they are not required.

Plastic Sheeting

The use of plastic sheeting to separate fans from the field of play in hockey is a common sight.  Hockey is a high-impact sport, and fans are often seated close to the pitch, making it dangerous for those in front if they’re struck by an errant puck.

To ensure that this doesn’t happen, clubs use plastic sheeting as a temporary barrier between themselves and spectators while still allowing them to view players on the field of play.

You might also see this type of crowd control system in use at European football clubs and other sports where spectators are close to the action and at risk of injury.

Crowd Control Barriers

As the name suggests, crowd control barriers are used to keep spectators at bay.  The two main types of barrier include waist-high metal railings around pitches or rails that can be mounted on stands to create a physical boundary between fans and players. These systems are mostly found in European football stadiums and stadiums that allow standing.

Other sports venues like race tracks will use crowd barriers for large events that attract thousands of people where there isn’t enough space behind grandstands and terraces.

Crowd barriers are especially useful at events where people are seated on steps, as these can be extremely slippery when wet.

Crowd barriers provide a safe and secure way to separate fans from the pitch for games like football or rugby that require large areas of space behind stands and terraces without taking up too much room.


Fan safety at all sporting grouds is paramount, and that’s why these three types of protection systems are so popular.

Ball stop netting is a cheap and effective way to keep fans safe at football grounds while plastic sheeting works well for hockey pitches where there isn’t enough room behind the pitch or stands to use ball stop netting, people can still see through it, which means that they don’t miss out on the action.

Another option is crowd control barriers that keep fans behind railings. This can be combined with ball stop netting for European football grounds to provide a more complete protection system for spectators who are seated close to the field of play or at risk from errant balls coming their way.

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