Crowd satisfaction at sporting events

This paper presents findings from in depth semi-structured interviews with event organisers and deliverers, investigating the organisation, coordination, and security of a variety of spectator sporting events. Safety was identified by those responsible for organising and delivering events as a key priority, with less attention given to user experience, crowd comfort and satisfaction. An evidence based description was developed to embody findings of the current study, illustrating the central issues that influence crowd satisfaction within spectator sporting events: anticipation, facilities, and planning (prior to the event); influences and monitoring (carried out during the event); and reflection (engaged in after the event).