Everybody loves game day. From team jerseys, to face paint, to frantic cheers for the home team, fans flock to stadiums worldwide to get their team spirit on. Mass migrations to and from these temples of team spirit occurs via bus, car, bike, and foot power. With so many people coming and going, it can sometimes be difficult to determine who goes where. Bollards are an easy way to direct the flow of people and vehicles in such a way that they don’t accidentally occupy the same area…with disastrous results. Retractable and removable bollard models make it easier than ever to get just the configuration to meet your needs, where and when you need it.
Managing this multitude of traffic takes much more than meets the eye. Long before the fun begins, vendors, stadium employees, news crews, athletes and a load of other people need to access the facilities in preparation for the main event. As game time nears, there are fans from dozens of buses, people arriving in thousands of personal vehicles, and pedestrians aplenty who must be directed into the stadium in an orderly fashion. Getting everything to move swiftly and seamlessly requires a lot of forethought and preparation. To get everyone where they need to go, and avoid traffic tangles (whether human or vehicular) bollards act as silent sentinels; steering people in the right direction without uttering a sound.
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Because they routinely accommodate such large crowds, most stadiums have massive walkways and open areas surrounding them. Such large, open spaces can easily invite trouble from drivers who decide to take the easy route and steer into places where they present a potential safety hazard. When this is the case, bollards serve to protect pedestrians from vehicles that venture into places where they haven’t been invited. These simple and practical additions to the landscape provide a visual barrier that automatically directs vehicular traffic away from people, and toward areas where they belong.
Delivery trucks, maintenance crews, construction vehicles, and other service providers regularly require closer access to stadiums than normal security and traffic practices allow. When this is the case, removable and retractable bollards offer an easy way for allow temporary access to normally inaccessible areas. Several convenient bollard mounting options allow you to choose the perfect layout to meet your individual needs.
The bollards also work well when it comes to warning exiting pedestrians that they are approaching surrounding streets. Pumped-up patrons leaving the stadium often neglect to pay attention to where they are walking, making for potentially dangerous encounters when roadways surround an edifice. Bollards act as a gentle reminder that cars are likely to be close by.
The Reliance Foundry model R-7589 removable bollards in place at Kent State University's Dix Stadium are just one of many styles in use across stadiums worldwide (please note that the bollards were installed with a specialized mounting that allowed them to become temporarily removable in this application). When installed with a specialized removable mounting, these bollards allow for quick access changes wherever and whenever they are needed. As a leader in worldwide bollard production and supply, Reliance offers a wide variety of bollards designed to meet and enhance the safety, security, and landscaping needs of many types of properties.