Ed Sheeran concertgoers impressed by tight security at FNB Stadium
Concertgoers who attended the first of two Ed Sheeran concerts held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday expressed delight at how well the event was planned and how safe it was.
The safety of concertgoers was in stark contrast to the Global Citizen Festival at the same venue in December 2018, where scores were mugged outside the stadium with no police in sight.
Many people remarked about how tight the security was and offered reassurances to others attending the event on Sunday.
For anyone going to Ed Sheeran's concert tonight and worried about your safety (as I was), don't be. Security is very tight in and outside the stadium, even above 🚁😊Just stay in designated transport points afterwards and use official/known transport. #DivideTour— Lwanga (@lwangamwilu) March 24, 2019
Thank you for a well-run event! Best organisation re parking, safety and security out of every concert I’ve been to in SA (and I go to most 😉)!!— littlemissjhb (@littlemissjhb) March 24, 2019
Four suspects were arrested for smash-and-grab incidents targeting the cars of concert fans on Saturday, police said.
The Johannesburg metro police (JMPD) said it was well prepared for the two concerts and had deployed 114 officers, 53 traffic wardens, 47 patrol cars and eight horses on Saturday and Sunday to manage and control traffic in and around the stadium precinct.
Our #JMPD officer engaging with #EdSheeran concert goers at the #FNBStadium, giving Safety Tips like how to carry their cellphones & bags.— Jo'burg Metro Police (@JoburgMPD) March 24, 2019
We want to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience to the fullest#SaferJoburg #WeCare#BuyaMthetho pic.twitter.com/RhUoEyACvT
The Gautrain was also running a dedicated service to and from the FNB stadium for the two concerts.
All concertgoers using Gautrain were being taken by a shuttle bus from Johannesburg Park station to the stadium. The drop-off and pick-up points were located at the transport hub, closer to the stadium to ensure pedestrian safety. The transport hub was fenced off and had additional lighting.
The transport hub also accommodated those using the park-and-ride facility at the Ticketpro Dome.
Uber also had a designated pick-up point at the stadium.
Jozi, heading to Ed Sheeran? When exiting FNB Stadium, please follow the signs to the pickup zone where you can request a ride & wait for your driver. There’ll be security stationed at the designated UberZONE, as well as Uber brand ambassadors if you have any questions: #WhereTo pic.twitter.com/8bIE4FGgzo— Uber South Africa (@Uber_RSA) March 23, 2019
Stadium Management SA also offered advice for fans to make their stay safe at the stadium.
#EdSheeran fans, the return Bus Shuttle Service will commence from FNB Stadium at 22h30 based on passenger numbers.— StadiumManagementSA (@OfficialSMSA) March 24, 2019
Gautrain Park Station will open at 23h00. The last train will depart once the last bus departing FNB Stadium at 24h00 has arrived at Park Station. pic.twitter.com/jhQnbKAJbW
Johannesburg MMC for safety Michael Sun was part of the patrol activities on Saturday and said he would do it again on Sunday.