Hull Supporters Advised To Expect Strict Searches

Last updated : 08 December 2011 By Covsupport News Service

Hull City supporters have been warned to expect strict searches as they try to get into the Ricoh Arena for the Tigers game with Coventry City on Saturday. 

The following notice to Hull City supporters has been issued: 

“The Ricoh Arena (City of Coventry Stadium) is a venue for next summer's Olympics and there is a requirement from LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to carry out a number of test events to trial their search capability prior to the start of the Games. 

It means all of the visiting Hull City supporters will be searched at each of the five away turnstiles (numbers T1 - T5 ), to the standard required for the Olympic football events at Ricoh Arena (City of Coventry Stadium) in 2012. 

“This will include a meet and greet away from the turnstiles where supporters will be required to empty their possessions into an A4 sized plastic bag prior to a full search at the turnstiles. 

“Bag searches will be ushered to one side to prevent any backlog and travelling female fans will be channelled into a separate lane. 

“There will be crowd control barriers under the crowd corridor to direct supporters to the search area and additional signage will be in place. 

“There will be three search stewards for each turnstile in addition to the stewards at the meet and greet area explaining the search procedure prior to fans entering the stadium. 

“Amnesty bins for alcohol will be provided away from the turnstiles to allow supporters to dispose of any cans or bottles. Persons found with prohibited articles (drugs, weapons, fireworks etc) will be liable to arrest. 

“We appreciate your support and for cooperating with these tests.” 

Whether these searches also apply to Coventry City supporters has not yet been announced.