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Football Stadiums

At Security Scotland, we provide security and safety personnel for every level within the safety management structure of football. Our current footballing clients include Celtic FC, Motherwell FC, Hamilton Accies FC, Dundee Utd FC & Edinburgh City FC. We also offer the same levels of commitment, service and professionalism to all clients who engage our services. We also work with our security partners for rugby games at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh six times a year.

Security Scotland can offer not only SIA Licensed but trained and experienced staff in the delivery of match day operations which include supervisors, response teams or general safety stewards and at Security Scotland, we provide you with a short term or long term matchday safety solution.

When managing football stadiums and general events we take a reasonably practicable approach to ensure the safety of everyone. Partly providing crowd safety management through stewarding and risk assessment with an overall responsibility for ensuring the safety of the public and the rest of it by providing management support.


We specialise in searching for prohibited items, dangerous substances & handling hazards presented by fans on entry to football stadium, items such as smoke bombs, distress flares & flash bangs. Also carrying out an assessment of the risks arising from intoxication, abuse, crowd movement and anti- social behaviour.

Our events staff are vetted according to British Standards 8406:2009 (Codes of Practice) briefed to maintain ISO9001:2008 standards for efficient record keeping and information management. ISO14001: Environmental Management and OHAS18001: Occupational Health & Safety. All our risk assessments are prepared with the help of NEBOSH trained staff and enhanced with Police Scotland Directive on Security Advice for Major Events, Stadia and Arenas. All our staff our constantly trained through our distance learning education platform.


We can provide you with:

  • Expert Searchers of Prohibited Items, Weapons & Dangerous substances
  • Risk Assessment (Planning, Crowd movement and Behaviour)
  • Experienced Stewards, Supervision and Management support.
  • Crowd and Queue Management
  • Entry Control Consulting & Support

Case Study : Rail Seating – Celtic FC (Section 111)

Since the start of this season 2016-17, we have been tasked with looking after the new “rail seating” (safe standing) area within Celtic Park. This area houses 2,800 home fans and can be challenging at times with the introduction of a one-way system, which negates any crowd build up, as well as the priority monitoring for crowd migration. The 35 staff deployed in this area are thoroughly briefed before every fixture.

“Rail seating has been in place in European football for some time and there has been considerable demand for some form of safe standing within the UK and particularly from Celtic supporters.” Celtic have been working on this initiative for 5 years and at present is the only stadia in the UK who has this facility.



Case Study : History of Scottish Football Stadiums

Scotland is home to some of the most historic stadiums in the world, with capacities up to around 60,000 spectators. Some of the most well known football stadia includes Celtic Park, Ibrox and Hampden. The other grounds within the Scottish game are more traditional type British stadia with character while some have also been completely refurbished too. We have stadia all around the country, from Aberdeen to Dundee and down the borders.

Let’s take a deeper look into some of the grounds that Scotland has to offer:

Hampden is a stadium within the Scottish game that holds great significant importance. It is also home to the highest ever European attendance – 149,415 spectators for the Auld Enemy Scotland vs England match in 1937. Hampden has also been home to various finals like the Champions League and the Europa League which are two of European footballs most prestigious club competitions. Being home to the Scottish National Football Team, it’s also the ground of Queens Park, the Scottish amateur side who average a crowd of around 700!

Celtic Park
Celtic’s ground holds more than 60,000 fans. It’s the largest ground in Scotland and the 6 th largest in the UK. Locally the ground is known as Parkhead. The record attendance at Parkhead for an Old Firm match with rivals Rangers in 1938 with an attendance of 83,500. There’s been times when Celtic Park has been used as a venue for matches with the national team when Hampden hasn’t been available. More recently, Celtic has been host to concerts for The Who and the ground also hosted the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Ibrox Stadium
Located in the southside of the city, south of the River Clyde, is Ibrox Stadium, home of Rangers F.C. It’s the third largest stadium in Scotland with a capacity of over 50,000. Opened in 1899, the stadium has gone through various changes since then. A British record crowd of nearly 120,000 took in a match against Celtic in early 1939.

The stadium has hosted a variety of sporting events over the course while being the venue for various concerts like for the late great Frank Sinatra.

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