Rotherham United would like to remind supports of some key safety messages ahead of our South Yorkshire derby at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday.
Along with other clubs in the Premier League and the EFL, Rotherham United recently reviewed its counter terrorism procedures.
All clubs have been given guidance from the Police and government bodies to try and reduce the threat of any incidents occurring, and as a result Rotherham United implemented some new policies in December last year.
It is important that supporters take note of the advice below and do all they can to assist stadium staff.
All of the measures taken by Rotherham United are to ensure supporter safety and we would like to thank you for your understanding and co-operation as we look forward to this weekend’s South Yorkshire derby.
Bag Searches/Arrive early
Bag searches will be again in operation this weekend, and with a capacity crowd expected, we advise supporters to arrive early to avoid an unnecessary queues at the turnstiles. Whilst we will do everything to get supporters in as quickly as possible, we will not compromise standards with our searching policies, therefore we strongly advise that you arrive early.
Bags will only be allowed into the stadium that are no bigger than 35cm x 20cm x 20cm. This will assist our stewards to search people quicker, thus reducing any queues at the turnstiles. Unless it is absolutely necessary please leave bags at home.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks and luggage of any kind.
Over recent weeks many supporters will have seen bags being tagged by stewards and this will remain the case. Once your bag has been tagged DO NOT remove that tag until you have left the ground.
Pyrotechnic dogs will be in operation in and around the stadium on Saturday. They are trained to detect both pyrotechnics and drugs. Anyone found with either will be refused entry by stewards and handed over to the Police for further action.
Be Alert, Not Alarmed
Acts of terrorism in the UK are rare but sadly there is a likelihood that terrorists will target sporting arenas. Recent events around the world are a reminder of the threat we face.
While concerted action by the Police and security services takes place every day to protect the public it is important for communities to be alert, but not alarmed.
Fire arms attack
We recommend supporters watch the below video which provides useful information in the event of an attack.
We again thank all supporters for your co-operation.