Croke Park Health and Safety
The Safety, Health and Welfare of all who work, visit and play our games in Croke Park, is of paramount importance to Stadium Management and is to the forefront of everything we do.
Our safety record for event days is second to none, our OHSAS 18001 certification and a number of other awards being testament to this. From our comprehensive and robust policies and procedures, to the training and development of our staff, volunteers and contractors - the stadium prides itself on providing a first class experience for all its patrons.
By placing Health & Safety at the top of the agenda, we are confident that the reputation Croke Park has earned will continue to attract more first time and repeat visitors to this dynamic venue. It is a reputation we are truly proud of.
Occupational Health & Safety
Páirc an Chrócaigh CTR is responsible for the management and operation of Croke Park Stadium. The stadium management company is committed to providing a safe environment for staff, contractors and visitors to the stadium, to preventing ill health and injury and to its responsibilities as a member of the local community.
It is the policy of Páirc an Chrócaigh CTR to promote the highest standards of health, safety and welfare in compliance with the provisions and requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) 2007 Regulations as well as the Code of Practice for Safety at Sports Grounds and all other relevant statutory provisions and codes of practice.
Páirc an Chrócaigh CTR is committed to:
- Ensuring that all Croke Park personnel whether full-time, part-time or voluntary, are informed of the Health & Safety Policy through their safety induction to the company as well as through on-going safety training.
- Bringing the contents of the Safety Statement to all at least annually by providing personnel with access to the document.
- Making available Croke Park’s Health & Safety Policy to interested third parties by displaying it at entry points into the stadium and on the Croke Park website
- Encouraging full and effective joint consultation with Croke Park personnel and third parties, on all health, safety and welfare at work matters.
- Providing health surveillance where a need is identified by a risk assessment or where prescribed by law.
- The continual improvement of the Safety Management System, ensuring that it is reviewed annually and that it remains relevant and appropriate to the activities and scope of Páirc an Chrócaigh CTR.
- Providing sufficient resources for the implementation of this policy and seeking competent advice if required.
The senior management of Páirc an Chrócaigh CTR has planned and established measurable objectives and targets based on the Health and Safety Policy. These objectives are regularly reviewed and measured to ensure that they reflect the activities of the company. Management also strives to build on the Health and Safety Management through a process of continuous improvement.
OHSAS 18001 Certification
Croke Park was the first stadium in Europe to be awarded the OHSAS 18001 certification; the globally recognised standard for best practice in occupational health and safety.
Since 2020, Croke Park is a smoke free stadium. Previous designated smoking areas within the grounds have been removed.
Medical and First Aid
The provision of pre-hospital emergency care in Croke Park is of the highest standard. A co-ordinated team of highly skilled and dedicated medical staff provide a service which ensures that patrons receive the best possible treatment and attention in the case of injury or illness.
Ambulances are on site to transfer patients with any serious complaints and we have a proven record in responding and attending to cardiac incidents. There are 6 first aid medical posts covering all areas of the stadium.
Special Needs Facilities
Viewing areas for wheelchair users and dedicated toilet facilities are available on Level 4 at the rear of the Cusack and Davin lower tier. Bars and catering facilities are also located in this sheltered area.
A dedicated team of trained special needs stewards are on hand for every event in the stadium to support every patron who may require additional assistance on the day for whatever reason.
Baby Change Facilities
Designated baby change facilities are located in several locations around the Stadium.
Open Stadium Map
- All persons entering this ground are admitted only subject to the following Rules (which are designated to protect the health and safety of all entrants to the ground). Entry to the ground shall be deemed to constitute unqualified acceptance of all of these Rules.
- The management reserves the right of admission.
- The instructions of the stewards must be obeyed at all times.
- All persons entering the ground agree to be searched by a member of the Garda Siochána.
- Every person (including infants) entering the ground must have a ticket.
- The following are not permitted:
- Entry upon the pitch or engaging in conduct that causes or is likely to cause injuryor harm to, or otherwise interferes with, disrupts, hinders or distracts a person playing in, refereeing or otherwise having a role in a match at this ground.
- Any unauthorised contact with the boundary wall surrounding the pitch or incursion on to the pitch. Any such unauthorised contact or incursion constitutes a trespass to property.
- The climbing of floodlight or other pylons, stands or other buildings. Such behaviour constitutes a trespass to property.
- Throwing any object onto the pitch.
- Remaining or loitering in any gangway or aisle.
- Behaving in an offensive or indecent manner.
- Bringing of alcohol into the ground.
- Bringing into the ground of fireworks, smoke canisters, bottles, glasses, cans, large flags, banners, poles, distress signals, laser pointers and other similar articles or containers, including anything which could or might be used as a weapon.
- Excessive noise such as that from the use of radio sets or other appliances and behaviour likely to cause confusion or nuisance of any kind including foul or abusive language.
- Smoking unless in designated areas
- If a person commits a trespass, reasonable force may be used to prevent, restrain or terminate any trespass.
- Where a person is in breach of any of these rules, or where the management believes that a person constitutes a source of danger to others, or to the ground, such person may be refused entry to or ejected from the ground, and reasonable force may be used for that purpose.
Search Policy for Prohibited Items
As per Croke Park Ground Regulations detailed above, patrons should note that the bringing of alcohol, fireworks, smoke canisters, bottles, glasses, cans, flags, banners, poles, distress signals, laser pointers, selfie sticks and other similar articles or containers, including anything which could or might be used as a weapon is strictly prohibited.
It is the policy of Croke Park to carry out a number of searches of patrons (with their consent) on match and event days.
These searches may take the form of a visual (including bags), electronic or physical check.
If a person does not wish to give consent for a search to take place, Croke Park have a right to refuse admission.
Signage is clearly displayed where searches are located and the policy and exact procedure are explained clearly by trained search teams, who are in place on the day before any search commences.
Please note that confiscated items cannot be returned once the patron has entered the ground.
This stadium policy is endorsed and supported by An Garda Síochána who will always be in the vicinity of the stadium’s designated search areas. Any complaint or issue should be notified to the Gardaí on the day.
If you have any queries on this policy or require additional information on specific prohibited items please contact the stadium on +353 (0)1-819 2300
or [email protected]
Please note; Patrons are not permitted to take large bags and backpacks into the stadium for all match day and concert events. Smaller bags will be permitted but may be subject to searches and patrons are urged not to bring bags at all where possible.