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Storr speaks at World Stadium Congress

Ashton Gate’s very own David Storr was invited to speak at a two-day conference in Doha this week, spreading the word of how to operate a fan-friendly venue.

Storr is the stadium’s head of safety and security, who comes with 30 years’ experience in the police force and worked as security manager for London 2012’s opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium.

Speaking at the World Stadium Congress, Storr discussed the elements that make a matchday memorable for supporters.

“They made contact with me about doing a talk on VIP security at sporting events,” he told

“A variety of different topics were discussed by a variety of different people from right across the world, from CEOs to architects to stadium designers.

“It was fascinating to hear about the air-conditioned stadia for the 2022 World Cup – one of which is already finished.

“The whole project to host the tournament is well under way and due for completion by 2019, so the progress they’re making is very impressive.”

Storr was away at the time of the Manchester terror attack, in which 22 people were killed attending an Ariana Grande concert.

“The terrorist threat level has been raised to critical, based on intelligence from security,” he added. "The public are advised to be more vigilant than ever.

“We are stepping up our security at Ashton Gate accordingly and supporters are advised to report anything suspicious immediately.”