‘An investigation into security at large events where potential acts of terrorisms may impact the experience of the attendees.’
Terror attacks in recent years at large events such as the Ariana Grande Manchester concert bombing, Boston marathon bombing and Eagles of Death Metal show in Paris. These are examples of terrorism taking place at large events. The large media coverage of attacks has informed the world to be aware of such tragedies. The pressure to keep large events attendees safe has led to an increasing security. This research is being conducted in order to gain an overall understanding, to find the appropriate amount security at large events that does not detract from the event and to answer the research objectives With the aim to understand: perceptions of large sports event attendees differ from large music attendees; if armed officer’s at large events have an affect participants; whether potential acts of terrorism at large events influences attendees’ perceptions of safety and to explore acceptable levels of safety for attendees at large events. The study was conducted in a qualitative approach with focus groups being the chosen choice of method to gain a full understanding of this subject. The outcomes provided evidence that today’s event attendees are acceptant of many levels of security, the scale of security is dependent in regards to scale of event, there are no obvious perceptions of sports and music attendees in regards to security. Looking at the overall study perceptions of terrorism does not stop individuals from attending events but does make them more aware of their safety.