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Security is a team effort...

11 August 2017

Three points isn't the only priority on Saturday. Making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

Reading FC have been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at Madejski Stadium. Now we are asking you to do your bit.

Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

There will be heightened security measures at Madejski Stadium throughout the season, including bag and physical search procedures for everyone at all the stadium entrances.  The safety of all supporters is paramount and fans can be assured that Reading Football Club works extremely closely at all times with the Police and specialist advisers in implementing the appropriate security measures for safety and protection.

It is inevitable that access to the stadium this season will take longer.  Please be prepared for this and allow sufficient time.  Please also bear in mind that if you exit at any stage, you will need to pass through security to re-enter.

We ask that you do not bring unnecessary bags into the stadium as there are no storage facilities.  We also ask for your understanding, patience and cooperation with us and that you also inform your guests of this update.

And finally we ask for your vigilance on matters of security. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please bring it immediately to the attention of one our staff.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:

  • Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
  • Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
  • Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
  • If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
  • In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
  • Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
  • Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates 

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