The shocking terrorist attacks in Paris that took place last month may have a lasting impact on the global venue industry, with places of public entertainment being impacted by the tragic events. The coordinated ISIS attacks at concert venue the Bataclan and sporting stadium Stade de France killed 129 people, as BBC News reported, and left widespread terror throughout Paris. In addition to the general heightened fear of further terrorism within the city, with entertainers postponing scheduled Paris tours throughout the remainder of the month, the shorter-term effects included the cancellation of two high-profile sporting matches in London and Germany respectively. As reported by NBC News, these cancellations reportedly occurred because of knowledge that other specific attacks were planned at other locations. However, significant increases to stadium security in nations that are politically connected to the war on terrorism may endure, in light of these recent attacks.
In response to the attacks, the Australian Football league (AFL) announced a change to its security policy; both protective measures and security labour forces will be increased for all Australian stadiums in which their games are held. This will help assure spectator and player safety in the face of a high national terror alert.
It remains critically important for Australian venues to ensure a level of readiness to respond to terrorist threats and attacks; training and testing for these emergency scenarios can reduce the impact of such a disaster should it occur. As SKY News reported, Paris had responded to the tragic Charlie Hedbo terrorist attacks in June with rigorous and regular emergency exercises that tested emergency scenarios including mass shootings. Their level of preparedness for the horrific shootings was ideal, with a doctor at the Parisian hospital that received many of the victims stating “we tested every link in every chain.”