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Rose Bowl Cricket Ground

The Rose Bowl Cricket Ground stadium in Southampton, UK, is already renowned as an international sporting and entertainment venue, staging concerts for up to 35,000 music fans and hosting international cricket matches for crowds of 20,000. Rose Bowl plc is continuing its efforts to make the ground one of the best international cricket and leisure venues in the world and their £35 milion regeneration project is due to reach fruition in 2009.

A key step towards this goal involved achieving international Test Match status in 2006. To do so, Rose Bowl plc implemented an improved Egress Management Plan to ensure efficient spectator egress from the stadium while minimising the impact on the local neighbourhood following the One Day International cricket match between England and Pakistan on 5th September 2006.

Legion partners WSP were appointed to develop three pedestrian models of the Rose Bowl cricket ground site to identify any deficiencies in the Egress Management Plan prior to the ODI, and then to assess the operational benefits of the proposed scenarios.

    The key objectives of the study were:
  • To assess the effectiveness of the proposed scenario changes and inform Rose Bowl plc of the impact on crowd egress
  • To identify the time taken to clear the stadium and the surrounding area following the proposed changes, and offer recommendations to minimise egress times
  • To identify areas of congestion, highlight any safety implications, and offer recommendations to alleviate problems and optimise the experience of the spectators 

The results of the study successfully addressed the access and egress concerns of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and in October 2006 the Rose Bowl was awarded provisional Test match status.

Paul Speirs of WSP's Transportation team said:

“We used the software to identify weaknesses in the current set-up and develop models to test various scenarios for faster egress times, increased safety and a generally improved pedestrian experience. The models allow the client to see how the proposed infrastructure changes would work in reality and will substantiate the planning application to demonstrate to the police and local council that people will be able to leave the stadium safely and quickly at the end of matches and other major events.”