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baitman 08-02-20 12:15 AM

Seating areas at football grounds which incorporate barriers have a "positive impact on spectator safety", a government report has found.

The interim report from the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) found such seating areas "mitigate the risk of crowd collapse".

It comes after the government stated it "will work with fans and clubs towards introducing safe standing".

Sports Minister Nigel Adams said he "welcomed" the SGSA's findings.

"Over a million people watch live football at a ground every week, and having spoken to fans across the country, I know that safe standing is an issue many feel passionately about," he said.

dom9 11-02-20 10:49 AM

Man Utd want to install rail seating.

Manchester United have applied for permission to install rail seating for up to 1,500 fans at Old Trafford.

United, one of the major supporters of safe standing, made the request to their local Safety Advisory Group (SAG) in December 2019.

The club proposes to replace some existing seats in the north-east corner of the stadium.

Season ticket holders in that area have been told a safe standing trial is likely to take place later this season.

In minutes published from a recent fans' forum meeting, United said it believed the introduction of rail seating will "enhance spectator safety" in areas of "persistent standing".

It added that the SAG is still reviewing the request.

Norbs 11-02-20 10:52 AM

I suppose it saves a bit of time when they decide to walk out after 60 mins

SB 12-02-20 04:23 AM


Originally Posted by Norbs (Post 3614505)
I suppose it saves a bit of time when they decide to walk out after 60 mins

:haha: Everton fans will want it for the entire stadium but the away section will be fitted with recaro seats as away fans are expected to stay longer

baitman 30-04-20 12:18 AM

Manchester United have received permission to install 1,500 barrier seats - standing with rails - at Old Trafford as a trial measure.

United will install the new section in the north-east quadrant for the 2020-21 season after Trafford council approval.

If the trial proves successful, the club will look to install barrier seats in other areas of the stadium.

Charly 30-04-20 12:48 PM

Does that take into account social distancing?

baitman 24-03-21 11:07 PM

Manchester City are to install 5,620 rail seats this summer to "enhance supporter safety" at Etihad Stadium.

The seats, which can be folded away to create a 'safe standing' area with barriers, will be installed in the lower tier of the South Stand.

Standing at grounds in the top two tiers of English football is banned, but City say this work means they will be ready should the rules change.

The seats will be installed in time for the start of the 2021-22 season.

Roboklopp 25-03-21 11:51 AM

I’m sure the cardboard cutouts, empty seats and hired influencers will be overjoyed.

Alex 25-03-21 04:05 PM

Influencers to curate the best matchday experience that the brand can offer.

baitman 29-08-21 03:45 PM

Government plans to lift football standing ban.

Plans to lift the ban on standing in the English Premier League and Championship are set to be announced by the government, the BBC has learned.

It is thought a handful of grounds will be able to use designated safe standing areas before the end of the season.

It would mean for the first time in over 25 years, fans of some top flight football clubs would be legally allowed to stand and watch their team play.

An official announcement is expected as soon as next month.

The chairman of the Football Supporters Association, Malcolm Clarke, said it was a "welcome" development that would benefit all fans.

He added: "People who want to stand should be able to do so in safety. Those who want to sit should be able to do so without having their view blocked."

baitman 22-09-21 01:27 PM

Premier League and Championship clubs invited to trial safe standing

Premier League and Championship clubs have been asked for expressions of interest to pilot safe standing areas this season.
Clubs have until 6 October to submit an application to the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA).
"If approved, they will be able to offer licensed standing areas from 1 January 2022," said the SGSA.
"With independent research now complete, and capacity crowds back at grounds across the country, now is the right time to make progress."
Premier League clubs Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves have all had rail seating installed at their grounds.
Manchester United and Wolves are likely to apply for the safe standing scheme.

baitman 24-09-21 02:13 PM

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss says 'good moment' to consider safe standing.
It is a "good moment" to consider bringing in safe standing at stadiums, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Premier League and Championship clubs can apply to pilot safe standing areas from January 2022.
Standing in English football's top two divisions was outlawed after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which led to the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans.
"I'm pretty sure the people are now responsible enough to do it in the right way," said Klopp.
"The stadiums are completely different to the time when really sad, sad things happened.
"The construction is different, all these kind of things. I like the idea and I'm especially excited about how much better could the atmosphere be at Anfield if we have safe standing.
"I would be really surprised if it could be even better but I'm open for that so let's see."

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