As many other sports clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the soccer club FC Viktoria Köln needed to elaborate a safety and hygiene concept to allow visitors in their stadium again. This concept should minimize the risk of infections while still allowing as many supporters as possible to attend their desired sport events.
In order to overcome this big challenge, the club had already developed first safety and hygiene rules by themselves and calculated a rough capacity with a spreadsheet model. ARC was asked to review and optimize this approach by means of simulation.
In a first step, the existing safety and hygiene concept was replicated in the simulation to identify its strengths and weaknesses. Seeing the theoretical concept in a realistic operational 3D environment allowed extremely valuable insights and lead to further scenarios to be tested. Questions, that could be answered with the simulation include:
The simulation model could easily address these various scenarios, test sensitivities and thus support the definition of a well-founded and reliable operational concept. In particular the video animations helped to understand issues and the effect of proposed mitigation measures.
The stakeholders of FC Viktoria Köln highly appreciated the use of simulation in this new field of application. Simulation was referred to as ‘going to the next level and bringing the theoretical concept to operational life’.
One particular benefit of simulation was the right consideration of the time factor, which static spreadsheet calculations can hardly consider in this level of detail with the risk to either overdesign capacities or calculate too short capacities.
Now, with a state-of-the-art approach to analyze the stadium’s capacities, FC Viktoria Köln is confident to welcome its fans again in a safe and convenient way.