Attending a Premier League fixture can be incredibly exciting. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of this experience.
When purchasing your tickets, try to secure seats close to the pitch. While they do tend to be a little more expensive, you will get a much better view. They are also closer to security personnel, reducing your risk of personal injury in case of fights.
Before the match
Dress in something that is comfortable and suitable for prevailing weather conditions. Most club websites offer the latest weather forecasts, maps and route planners to help you prepare.
Things you may take
Check the site for items you may or may not be allowed to bring, too. While flags to support your team are generally welcome as long as they conform to clubs’ safety requirements, to prevent injuries by fire, for example, flags must be fire resistant, knives, bottles and other items that could potentially be used as weapons are not permitted.
Ideally you should arrive approximately 90 minutes before the actual kick-off, taking your seat around 20 minutes before the match commences. Use the above-mentioned aids to plan your journey well before the day. Take the increased traffic volumes of match days into consideration when deciding on the right time to set off to avoid having to rush and cause a road traffic accident.
At the stadium
Food, drinks and club souvenirs can be purchased at the stadium. Remember that you may consume alcohol only in the concourse areas, not in your seat. Busy days and potentially poor weather may put you at risk of injuries by slipping, so look out for slip hazards.
Other possible risks
Look out for trip and fall hazards on the way to your seat to prevent trip or fall injuries. Anti-social behaviour is not acceptable, so if you see someone behaving inappropriately, mention it to a steward or security personnel to avoid injuries by violent assault. Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling in the rush to get home after the match can be prevented by hanging on for about half an hour before leaving.
When something happens
Should you sustain a slip, trip or fall injury at a stadium, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline specialises in claims for compensation for injuries by slips, trips and falls. Give us a call on our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to learn more.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice