Thanks to ESSMA’s Stadium Partner Get2Know (G2K), Egyptian fans were able to attend the CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly (Egypt) and Wydad (Morocco). 10.000 fans were allowed into the Borg El Arab Stadium. This was only the second time fans were allowed in an Egyptian stadium since 74 people died due to rival fans fighting during a football game in 2012. Fans were back allowed in 2015, but new fights showed they weren’t ready yet.
For this game, fans had to sign up online and give information like demographic data, ID number, portrait photo and a digital copy of the identity card. They could easily print their e-tickets at home. Every ticket was sold within 48 hours.
At the stadium, the security staff controlled the barcodes that were directly synchronised and compared with the database. Fans without official tickets were identified in a matter of seconds. The control lasted no longer than 10 seconds on average per person.
In the end, Al Ahly won the game 2-0 without any trouble in the stands.
“The intensive preparation has paid off: The entrance control at Borg El Arab Stadium has been a huge success and will be served as a best practice for future matches, where we hope to allow even more fans. We are very happy about enabling this live experience in a safe environment to the Egyptian football fans again. With this game, Al Ahly has opened the stadium doors to its fans once again.”
Omar El Gohary, CTO of G2K Group
“The Security Concept of Falcon Group and the cooperation with G2K has been excellent. We were able to send a great message to all peaceful people in this country and beyond country borders by opening the stadium for the public again.”
Mahmoud Taher, President Al Ahly Cairo.