Stadiums: How to reduce cost overruns – part 3

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Stakeholder 2: Players

Every stadium, however small, must provide suitable facilities for the participants in the events held at the venue. The amount and type of accommodation which is required varies for every sport. While few sports might need conveniences for individual players or multi-team players, a cricket match will need facilities for two teams (including reserves) plus officials. The prime concern of the players is usually, always the quality of the pitch, predictable playing conditions, together with back-of-house facilities. Apart from considering the important facilities of comfort, safety, and visibility (as already discussed in the earlier post; stakeholder 1: audience), the following are the other crucial drivers which need to be considered while keeping in mind the players as key stakeholders:

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a. Direct access to outside

There must be direct access between players ‘changing facilities and the service road outside. This road usually will be used by coaches conveying teams to and from the stadium, and also by ambulances. The service road should also give access to the team entrance and to the playing area so that injured players can be reached quickly and easily by ambulances. Dedicated access for providing catering services also helps the players.

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b. Access to the pitch

There must also be direct, protected access between players’ changing rooms and the pitch. At events where players and referees may be subjected to attack by the crowd, safety requirements should be extremely strict.

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