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Crowd control shouldn’t be an afterthought.
Proper planning can make or break any business or project; universities are no exception to this rule. From the planning phase, through construction, to the groundbreaking event, crowd control and queuing systems need to be in place and optimized for each and every situation.
Choosing the proper stanchions for guiding students or guests can be a big decision as you design your new campus project. Starting with what the project is or how much student traffic the structure will have from entrance to all focal points. Guidance should be done efficiently and through the use of signs on or off your stanchions or posts.
Direct guidance will make the flow of the building easily navigable and safer for new students or guests on campus. After choosing your stanchions and guidance add-ons you will need to then maintain the crowd control in place for either daily use, constant use, or event only use. Taking time in the planning stage to focus your efforts on the many uses of the building will help determine when and where your stanchion system will be utilized.
Retractable belts are the most popular form of crowd control on campus. These can be seen across college campuses in their athletic facilities, bookstores, dining halls, and student unions. Planning from entrance to exit will help save you time and money in the future. Having an idea of where the stanchions will be set-up daily or just during peak periods will create a savings because you won’t have to pay an extra employee to direct student or visitor flow. Having retractable wall mount units around campus can save valuable floor space while blocking off an area from student traffic.
Most college campuses have a museum or theater, which is where you would find sets of post and ropes that lead guests into the seating areas. They can also be used to create queues in which guests wait for refreshments or gain entry to the venue. Dealing with each event could require added stanchions to create ease and controlled flow through the queue. This would be something that would need to be planned and set-up well before the event begins.
If you are building a new project on campus or planning on an event, keeping crowd control on the front lines of every plan will help you secure student and visitor safety on campus.
Everyone is familiar with the football, soccer, and lacrosse games held within your local college stadiums but there are other major events that take place, including speeches, graduations, student events, and concerts. While each of these events brings fun, pride, and even money onto a college campus, not having the correct queuing systems can potentially create more chaos than good for the school and the stadiums guests.
Every year universities have to deal with safety both on and off the field. When you enter most college or university stadiums you can see that there are more rules and more checkpoints than ever before. You can’t wait to watch your favorite team or musician/ speaker yet you find yourself waiting in line for a long time, which may be a good or bad experience. The entrances and exits are the major bottlenecks and biggest safety concerns for schools hosting these events. With proper stanchion placement and signage most schools can move guests and students quicker. It’s important to pre-plan for the volume of each line/ queue. When schools take the time to think ahead they save themselves time and money.
Here are a few tips to help you effectively design and plan your stanchion/queuing systems for big games or events:
Engagement – Something people overlook is the importance of keeping your guests or students occupied as they wait. You can have games, prizes, giveaways, swag, or just televisions for the guests to take in as they wait.
Signage – Think about how you will guide them from the parking lot to the correct line/queue, to their seat, out of the stadium, then back to the parking lot. Make sure you have clear, easy-to-read signage that will simplify the entrance and exit process and make it easier on your guests and the employees working within the stadium.
Entrance Queue – This is where you should have a checkpoint with clearly labeled signs to guide guests to the line they need to be standing in. Stanchion sign toppers can help with the process. Having a queue that can be easily modified by changing out the retractable belts creates a quicker entrance for small events. You can modify those systems for larger events by adding more belts. Having a call forwarding system or even a sign that instructs patrons to “wait for next available ticket taker” will keep guests informed through the entrance process.
Exiting – When guests are leaving they want to be able to leave quickly. This is when you should modify your stanchion setup or even break down your queuing to facilitate a large exit section, clearly labeled with signs and a small re-enter section for people who may need to come back. This will stop a major bottleneck and create a safer environment for guests/ students.