When you visit the various auction sites available across the UK, you will see a number of football league teams selling their old turnstiles which have been part of their culture for 30 or 40 years. What you would choose to do with your turnstile once you get home is highly questionable, so maybe you will use it to replace your back garden gate?
One of the main reasons why football stadium turnstiles are so popular is that millions of UK citizens pass through these turnstiles 40-50 times a year to watch the games at home and away.
Can you beat the turnstiles?
Turnstiles are now a part of folklore, as they cannot be beaten. You can only go through the turnstile when the operator lets you through. Some extremely short or thin people have always tried crossing with another person, but if they tell you they were successful, take the story with a pinch of salt.
The problem with turnstiles is more with taller people who may have a hard time walking through the small space. Football fans used to claim that the turnstiles were so narrow, maybe 3 feet wide, anyone hoping to include a crisps pie with a few cans before the game might have a hard time negotiating the narrow width.
Obviously, the turnstiles of old were built to prevent fans from going through without paying. In the old days, only 15 years ago, most people paid for their tickets in cash. Nowadays, the majority of supporters have either paid for their membership by credit card or purchased a ticket in advance for away matches.
The safety angle
From the football club’s point of view, turnstiles provide an excellent secure closure of passages. They also make excellent checkpoints where, in conjunction with high security, people can be carefully checked in a football stadium, which is especially important given the lessons learned at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield in 1989.
You can see what are commonly referred to as football turnstiles in many other places. Amusement parks use them like many other sports venues. However, people have written non-fiction books related only to their tourniquet experiences over the past few decades and you can buy these books from the most popular websites.
People love and hate the turnstiles they’ve passed through time and time again at their local football club, and they know about individual turnstiles longer than their spouses and children. It is no wonder that they are part of our daily culture.