7 FAQ’s to Choose the Right Crowd Control Barriers

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7 FAQ’s to Choose the Right Crowd Control Barriers for Your Event

Planning a large audience event such as a festival, concert, speaker engagement, or debate requires meticulous attention to safety and organization. Crowd control barriers are tools that help your event run smoothly and safely. These barriers help manage the flow of attendees, protect critical areas, and maintain order, regardless of the size and nature of the gathering. Whether you’re organizing a small local event or a massive festival, the right crowd control barriers are essential for creating a secure and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Why Use Crowd Control Barriers?

Crowd control barriers are essential for managing events of all sizes. They ensure safety, enhance organizational efficiency, improve the overall attendee experience, comply with regulations, allow for better monitoring and control, protect valuable assets, and manage traffic. Whether for a small gathering or a large-scale event, the strategic use of barriers is crucial for successful event management.

How Do Crowd Control Barriers Work?

Crowd control barriers are typically made from sturdy materials like aluminum, steel, or composite plastics. For example: StageRight’s Sentinel crowd control barricades are lightweight yet extremely strong aluminum, while the StageRight CC-500 Barricade is made of steel making it rock-solid. Barricades should be easy to move and link together to form a sturdy barrier. Some are designed to control traffic flow, while others can withstand pushing or pulling, depending on the event’s needs.

Where Are Crowd Control Barriers Used?

Commonly used at concerts and festivals, barriers protect audiences from cords and equipment at the front of the stage. They also direct audience flow and separate crowds into more manageable sections. For example, barriers can split a concert audience to create a space for security and employees to move safely.

What Kind of Barrier Should I Get?

Choosing the appropriate crowd control barrier depends on the type of event and the specific needs of the crowd. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide:


  • Lightweight and Portable: Marathons require barriers that are easy to transport and set up over long distances. Lightweight materials such as aluminum or composite plastic are ideal because they keep costs down and make setup and teardown efficient.
  • High Quantity: Given the potential length of a marathon route, often stretching up to 26 miles, a large number of barriers is necessary. Lightweight construction facilitates managing such a volume.

Concerts and Festivals:

  • Heavy-Duty Barriers: These events need sturdy barriers to handle large, dense crowds. Barriers must be robust enough to withstand leaning, pushing, and grabbing.
  • Features for Safety and Utility: Organizing these events requires barriers that provide space for cable management, security, and equipment. Mesh barriers are often preferred as they allow sound to pass through and provide visibility for security to monitor the crowd and respond to emergencies.
  • Portability and Interlocking: Despite their sturdiness, barriers should still be portable and easy to link together to create a secure and flexible perimeter.

City-Wide Events:

  • Concrete Barriers: For blocking roads and ensuring the safety of city-wide events, concrete barriers are necessary due to their ability to withstand the impact of vehicles.
  • Outer Layer of Defense: These heavy, non-portable barriers require machinery to move and are typically used as the first line of defense. Inside the event, other types of barriers may be used to manage crowd flow and provide additional security.

By understanding the specific requirements of your event—whether it’s the need for portability in a marathon, sturdiness at a concert, or the vehicle-stopping power of concrete barriers in city-wide events—you can select the most appropriate crowd control barriers to ensure safety and efficiency.

Are Barriers Weather-Resistant?

This depends on the material. Plastic barriers can be deteriorated by UV rays faster than most other materials. Uncoated steel can rust, making it unsuitable for long-term outdoor use. Ensure that steel barriers are coated by a weather resistant material. Aluminum barriers resist rust and wind, while concrete barriers are extremely durable and can stop vehicle traffic but are not portable.

What Are the Safest Barriers?

Barriers with mesh walls, anti-trip designs, rounded tops, and steps for security personnel are the safest. Mesh prevents patrons from getting stuck in the barrier. Aluminum is less abrasive than concrete, and steps allow security to oversee the crowd and respond to emergencies efficiently. Anti-trip designs keep patrons off the floor or injuring themselves on the design.

Why Does a Barrier Need a Step?

Steps provide a vantage point for security to monitor the crowd, spot emergencies, and communicate more easily. The height of the step can facilitate security to help injured or fallen attendees. Also, steps make it far easier for security to pull any patrons from the crowd.


In conclusion, crowd control barriers are great for the seamless execution of any large audience event. From intimate local gatherings to expansive festivals and city-wide celebrations. These barriers not only ensure the safety and security of attendees but also enhance organizational efficiency and overall event experience. By strategically selecting the right type of barrier—whether lightweight for marathons, heavy-duty for concerts, or robust concrete for city events—you can effectively manage crowd flow, protect critical areas, and maintain order. The right barriers, designed for portability, interlocking, and weather resistance, become indispensable tools in event planning, guaranteeing a secure and enjoyable environment for all participants.

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