Discover all Q&A from our webinar with Borussia Mönchengladbach on matches behind closed doors
On 18 June, ESSMA hosted its fifth webinar with Matthias Neumann - Head of Security at Borussia Monchengladbach. An interesting session, with numerous questions in the Q&A was the result.
As there were too much questions to answer immediately, Mr. Neumann has answered the majority of the questions afterwards. Here you find an excerpt of the Q&A session.
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What has been your main challenge so far?
MN: Our main challenge has been making sure that all the hygienic regulations were integrated and followed. The club’s Hygienic Officer is the person in charge of making sure that all guidelines are followed. While the health department of the city of Mönchengladbach is here to check if all the regulations are in order and followed correctly. Our stewards play an important role in this and I’m proud to say that everyone working in the stadium is following the regulations very strictly and is helping to ensure a safe and secure stadium.
How do you ensure that nobody enters a zone which he/she is not allowed to enter?
MN: We’ve created new accreditation badges - including the person’s name and date so it cannot be used on other matchdays - with a clear distinction between Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3. Furthermore, there is a maximum of 100 people allowed in one zone and the zones are divided into time slots to make sure that we don’t exceed this number.
How high was the risk of fan groups arriving outside the stadium on matchdays?
MN: The risk of fans arriving outside the stadium was very unlikely as the government gave strict regulations to meet up with max. 10 people. So this helped to make sure not too many people meet up at one place. The main challenge however, will be once the government allows larger crowd gatherings again.