Green Field Sites
When attending a Green Field site, it is worth remembering that the facilities are in the most manmade, temporary and designed in the most to be safe. In saying that, it does not mean that is has been designed and built correctly. Just like any environment, it is down to you to decide if it safe to be there.
Over the course of time and multiple uses the site will be refined to better suit the customer. The first time of use though is always testing the water. It is unlikely that the promoters will get it correctly on the first hit.
Like all events following the same rules will assist in keeping you safe, but there are some additional points that you should be aware of.
- Weather plays a massive part in Green field site. What can be lovely Green grass one day and be a mud pit the next due to rain. Mud can change the entire dynamic of a site, people move slower, they can slip and fall more often, people avoid large puddles and people are more tired as it is unlikely they cannot sit down all day.
- Light also plays its part. Most parks have limited lighting and it is unlikely that there will be any in the middle of a farmer’s field. This means the promoter has to implement a lighting system. It is very unlikely this provided light will cover the full site, which creates pool’s of light and darkness. Dark patches make it difficult to see what is under foot and see what is ahead of you over a distance.
- Unless the majority of people have attended the site before, you are all in the same boat; everyone is trying to figure out where to go and how to get out at the end.