The government is set to finally relax the draconian rules that have prevented fans from standing at Premier League games since 1994-95, when the all-seater requirements were first established.
Standing in English football's top two divisions was outlawed following recommendations made in the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
Clubs are being invited to join an initial pilot scheme under the auspices of the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA), who have allowed the installation of rail seating since 2018.
The SGSA said the announcement of the pilot scheme "starts the legal process needed for clubs to offer licensed standing areas from 1 January".
Premier League clubs Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves have all had rail seating installed at their grounds.
"We know many fans want the choice to stand and, with the advent of new engineering solutions, our research has shown how this can be managed safely," said SGSA chief executive Martyn Henderson.
"This announcement will enable us to properly test and evaluate licensed standing areas before the government decides its next steps."
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1 Posted 22/09/2021 at 15:57:32
2 Posted 22/09/2021 at 16:06:00
3 Posted 22/09/2021 at 18:15:41
4 Posted 22/09/2021 at 20:40:51
To be honest, the 2 away games I've been to so far this season, everyone was stood up through the entire match anyway, so I didn't use the seat.
Dennis, maybe they might even trust us to take a beer back to our own seats and treat us as grown ups. At Schalke I can carry a 4-pack take away in one of those McDonalds style drink carriers. And if I run out, go back to get a refill as they serve throughout the match, not just the 15 minute half time rush.
Sorry, sore point of mine! I'll move on. I'll get over it.
5 Posted 22/09/2021 at 20:49:31
6 Posted 23/09/2021 at 22:59:49
7 Posted 25/09/2021 at 15:08:00
I would like to see them be able to serve us drinks and snacks directly to the seats. Perhaps they could make a bit more money then serving food and drink the whole game rather than in the 15-minute break.
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