The 2017/18 season was our very first season working with Wolverhampton Wanderers. It was a very successful one both for Stadium and the club itself – as they were promoted to the Premiership for the 2018/19 season!
Our relationship with the club began in our providing Stewards and SIA security personnel from July 2017; we provided this service throughout the season for each match. For every fixture, we provided sixty-five staff members to meet the requirements on Traffic Management, Stewards & Licensed Security Officers.
In October, the club – with support from Wolverhampton Council – in addition approached Stadium to implement and provide Traffic Management (TM) services on every match day. The main street passing the club’s Molineux stadium, Waterloo Road, was the site of the major road closure. The road is a busy thoroughfare and closure thus provided challenges – but we met these successfully.
For example, closing the Waterloo Car Park ninety minutes prior to kick off meant that for the first time supporters were required to arrive and park well in advance of kick-off. This change was the first of its kind at the club, and it required the carefully application of change management techniques. Elsewhere, a neighbouring supermarket car park and store had to be kept open and accessible – so our TM planners altered the design of the plan accordingly.
Overall, the new TM plan was very successful and has improved the safety of the match-day experience for all Wolverhampton Wanderers fans.
Our work with the council and club did not finish at the final whistle of the last home game! Due to the success of the Match Day TM plan and Stewarding, a number of our services were used by Wolverhampton City Council for the Wolverhampton Wanderers Promotion Parade.
We were honoured to operate and lead the open top bus route, secure the city centre with our HVM Barrier solutions and operate the TM for the city-wide event. This was a complex event, and the HVM Barrier deployment was the largest temporary deployment in the UK to date. 130m of ATG Access Surface Guard was deployed in six locations surrounding the city centre. This secured the space and allowed 80,000 event attendees to enjoy the event in a safe space.
Our stewards, operations managers and TM Truck proudly led the two open-top buses through the city. The atmosphere was incredible and it was a fantastic event to be a part of.
Colin Parr, Head of Business Services at Wolverhampton City Council, told us: “Stadium are well known in Wolverhampton for their valuable work ensuring that football fans can safely access the Molineux to watch Wolves play. When we began planning the parade to celebrate Wolves winning the Championship, it soon became clear that we needed the services of a traffic management company. Stadium’s demonstration of their Surface Guard system and experience in open-top bus parades reassured us that they would help protect the 80,000 people who attended the event.
“We’re very grateful to Stadium for their hard work and fast responses to the quickly changing plans.”