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POLL: Football League to further explore safe standing

Swindon Advertiser: POLL: Football League to further explore safe standing POLL: Football League to further explore safe standing

THE majority of Football League clubs have indicated they are interested in exploring the possibility of safe standing areas at matches following a recent consultation.

Currently standing areas are permitted in both League One and League Two but any team promoted to the Championship must convert any standing areas to seating by the end of their third season in the second tier.

A meeting held at Derby’s Pride Park stadium yesterday saw the Football League club’s presented with the findings of the consultation which asked four main questions.

1: Should The Football League approach the Minister for Sport to request that the 'all-seater' stadia requirements for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation?

2: Should the Football League approach the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to request that rail seating products be licenced in Football League grounds?

3: Should clubs be permitted to accommodate supporters standing in rail seating in the Championship?

4: Should clubs be permitted to revert from seating to standing accommodation in League 1 and League 2 following relegation from the Championship?

After the majority of responding clubs answered yes to each of the questions the Football League will now explore the matter further both with its clubs and the government.

Football League chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "The consultation has given us a better understanding of the wide range of views held by clubs on this issue and we will take our cue from the prevailing opinion.

"We recognise that this is both a complicated and sensitive matter that will need significant debate. Therefore, no-one should assume that it will lead to overnight change."

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11:28am Fri 7 Feb 14

London Red says...

Hillsborough was a total disaster - but we always seem to go over the top in thios country and let one incident rule everything
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Dortmund have a 15,000 standing stand and no issues - so why can we not have smaller controlled areas?
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Plus I've never had an issue at places like Barnet, Brentford, Crawley et al when travelling to watch Swindon
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For me it should be for example the lower section of the DR stand or the "family enclosure" part of the Arkells which should be standing - if you had a ring all the way round like that you would create a great atmosphere, provide lower cost tickets in all stands but keep it to a controlled area and number.
Hillsborough was a total disaster - but we always seem to go over the top in thios country and let one incident rule everything . Dortmund have a 15,000 standing stand and no issues - so why can we not have smaller controlled areas? . Plus I've never had an issue at places like Barnet, Brentford, Crawley et al when travelling to watch Swindon . For me it should be for example the lower section of the DR stand or the "family enclosure" part of the Arkells which should be standing - if you had a ring all the way round like that you would create a great atmosphere, provide lower cost tickets in all stands but keep it to a controlled area and number. London Red
  • Score: 6

12:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

I've always sat down, ever since I realised that I was always going to be the short bloke behind the average sized one, rather than the big bloke always standing in front of me.

But sadly I don't think we will ever find anyone in authority who is prepared to take the risk of reintroducing standing areas. Just how castigated would this person be if there was ever some tragic event that was perceived to be avoidable if the stadium had remained all seater?
I've always sat down, ever since I realised that I was always going to be the short bloke behind the average sized one, rather than the big bloke always standing in front of me. But sadly I don't think we will ever find anyone in authority who is prepared to take the risk of reintroducing standing areas. Just how castigated would this person be if there was ever some tragic event that was perceived to be avoidable if the stadium had remained all seater? The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Would be great as far as I'm concerned - although some grounds still with terracing I've been to (Crawley, AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot etc) don't provide a great view. Would like it at the county ground though. If only as I tend to sit in the DR at the moment I find the seats particularly cramped, and I'm not even particularly tall.
Would be great as far as I'm concerned - although some grounds still with terracing I've been to (Crawley, AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot etc) don't provide a great view. Would like it at the county ground though. If only as I tend to sit in the DR at the moment I find the seats particularly cramped, and I'm not even particularly tall. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

1:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

London Red wrote:
Hillsborough was a total disaster - but we always seem to go over the top in thios country and let one incident rule everything
.
Dortmund have a 15,000 standing stand and no issues - so why can we not have smaller controlled areas?
.
Plus I've never had an issue at places like Barnet, Brentford, Crawley et al when travelling to watch Swindon
.
For me it should be for example the lower section of the DR stand or the "family enclosure" part of the Arkells which should be standing - if you had a ring all the way round like that you would create a great atmosphere, provide lower cost tickets in all stands but keep it to a controlled area and number.
Spot on LR.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Hillsborough was a total disaster - but we always seem to go over the top in thios country and let one incident rule everything . Dortmund have a 15,000 standing stand and no issues - so why can we not have smaller controlled areas? . Plus I've never had an issue at places like Barnet, Brentford, Crawley et al when travelling to watch Swindon . For me it should be for example the lower section of the DR stand or the "family enclosure" part of the Arkells which should be standing - if you had a ring all the way round like that you would create a great atmosphere, provide lower cost tickets in all stands but keep it to a controlled area and number.[/p][/quote]Spot on LR. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

2:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

the don69 says...

A lot of fans all over the country stand in seating area's! that's a pain for those who like to sit. of course there should be controlled standing,as long as it's safe there should be standing, it's what most fans want!!!!!!!!!
A lot of fans all over the country stand in seating area's! that's a pain for those who like to sit. of course there should be controlled standing,as long as it's safe there should be standing, it's what most fans want!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 4

2:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

swindon69 says...

Read my thoughts on this here:

http://stuartrivers.
blogspot.co.uk/2013/
12/safe-standing.htm
l?m=1
Read my thoughts on this here: http://stuartrivers. blogspot.co.uk/2013/ 12/safe-standing.htm l?m=1 swindon69
  • Score: -6

6:06pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Cricklade Reds says...

People in the town end stand now. It's got to be safer to have the right barriers in place. Would be a move in the right direction. It's what the supporters want.
People in the town end stand now. It's got to be safer to have the right barriers in place. Would be a move in the right direction. It's what the supporters want. Cricklade Reds
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Fri 7 Feb 14

oo-r-ya? says...

I am a "stander" in the Town End. I will stand if I can at any ground I go to. It adds to the atmosphere and I find seats are so restricting physically.
People now know that they can stand at one end of the Town End and I have heard the ticket office staff warning ticket buyers that we do so so that they can buy for other areas if they don't want to stand. I don't know if us being allowed to stand is officially sanctioned but long may it continue.
Having standing areas will avoid the problem of those who want to stand standing up in seated areas as happens now.
Many clubs saw all-seater stadiums as an excuse to put up prices. What's the chance of reduced pricing in standing areas? Yeah right!
I am a "stander" in the Town End. I will stand if I can at any ground I go to. It adds to the atmosphere and I find seats are so restricting physically. People now know that they can stand at one end of the Town End and I have heard the ticket office staff warning ticket buyers that we do so so that they can buy for other areas if they don't want to stand. I don't know if us being allowed to stand is officially sanctioned but long may it continue. Having standing areas will avoid the problem of those who want to stand standing up in seated areas as happens now. Many clubs saw all-seater stadiums as an excuse to put up prices. What's the chance of reduced pricing in standing areas? Yeah right! oo-r-ya?
  • Score: 1

8:36pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Bart73 says...

Why not put town end & statton bank stand terracing back on ?? Better than wait when new rebuild seat or new ground all seater too long wait and not yet promoted to championship league it last time by 1999/2000 was relegated !! I would like see old time standing !! If go ahead planned it would like see next summer start work for new standing
Why not put town end & statton bank stand terracing back on ?? Better than wait when new rebuild seat or new ground all seater too long wait and not yet promoted to championship league it last time by 1999/2000 was relegated !! I would like see old time standing !! If go ahead planned it would like see next summer start work for new standing Bart73
  • Score: -1

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