Northampton Saints has announced that there will be a continuation of the increased security measures put in place at the end of last season for this weekend's Singha Premiership Rugby 7s.
Northampton Saints puts the safety and security of supporters at the heart of its match day operations, and while everyone coming to Franklin’s Gardens this weekend is encouraged to enjoy the occasion – as they would do for every match day – the club is advising that supporters be prepared for potential queues at the turnstiles and to therefore allow additional time to enter the stadium.
The following measures will be in operation, in addition to the club’s usual match day protocols:
BAG SEARCHES Every bag will be searched at the turnstiles. Any item which might be used as a weapon or could compromise public safety WILL NOT be allowed into the stadium. Cans and glass bottles are also prohibited, please do not bring them.
OPEN JACKET POLICY Supporters wearing jackets will be required to unzip them before entry will be granted.
ADDITIONAL PATROLS Safety team and security personnel will be patrolling the exterior of the stadium throughout the match. Furthermore, stewards will manage the entrances into the car parks throughout the game, and there will be enhanced stewarding at all exit points.
The Saints’ management is also liaising regularly with Northamptonshire Police throughout the week and working with them to ensure the safety of every person at Franklin's Gardens this weekend.
The official club car parks on Edgar Mobbs Way will open at 3:30pm, with the Village turnstiles at Gates 2 and 3 (Elite Insurance Stand end of the stadium) opening at 4pm. The stadium bowl will be open from 5pm. Please be aware that there is potential for queues at turnstiles while we implement these measures.
The Northampton Saints management thanks supporters in advance for their understanding in this matter and for cooperating with the club’s safety team and staff this weekend.