Poll: Do you support safe standing at Old Trafford?

Westfalenstadion

Safe Standing could come to Old Trafford, with Manchester United reportedly exploring a ‘rail seat’ trial according to fanzine Red News. Rail seats are dual-mode seats that can either be used as a traditional seat, or locked in an upright position with a bar in place to safely support standing fans.

The technology is widely used in Germany, where standing is legal, while Bristol City have recently installed them at Ashton Gate. In the Bundesliga clubs use rail seats both to increase capacity, boost atmosphere during domestic games, and offer supporters reasonably priced tickets.

However, legislation in the UK currently demands one seat per fan in the Premier League, with traditional standing only permitted in the lower leagues and sports other than football. It is likely a change in legislation would be required to allow safe standing in the Premier League, with up to eight Premier League clubs believed to be supportive of the change according to the Daily Mail.

UEFA does not permit standing of any kind in its competitions, meaning stadia such as Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion lock the seats up for Bundesliga matches and down for the Champions League.

The potential increase in capacity in ‘seat up’ mode depends on the ratio of standing fans to seats, with any Old Trafford trial thought likely to begin at 1:1. Some stadia, such as Bayer Leverkusen’s BayArena, operates safe standing with two fans to each installed seat. The Westfalenstadion provides standing accommodation for 27,000 fans.

However, the cost is not insignificant, with rail seats costing up to 60 per cent more per seat to install than the traditional variety. Clubs converting blocks not ordinarily due for maintenance will face a significant additional capex bill, although installations costs could be offset by a higher capacity. Whether the Glazer family is prepared to push for rail seats, fund installation and lower prices is an open and relevant question.

And even if the cost and legislative issues are resolved there is still the emotive issue of standing in England; rail seats may have little do to with the terraces of old, but memories of the Hillsborough disaster remain fresh.

Given the pros and cons …

Do you support safe standing at Old Trafford?

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  • http://twitter.com/Temposama Tempo

    @FullTimeDEVILS both topical and positive the club. See, it can be done.

  • https://www.facebook.com/david.wiltshirecraine David Wiltshire-Craine

    YES!!! Nuff said.

  • http://svergie.co.uk Alec Sverguson

    I support podcasts on Fridays!

  • http://svergie.co.uk Alec Sverguson

    Ii’d prefer dangerous standing, though, as that might give us some fucking entertainment at the matches!

  • http://Manutd.com Sean

    Yes I support safe standing

    • http://Manutd.com Sean

      Yes

  • Stuart lees

    Give football back to the fans. Safe standing would allow many more fans to watch live football, improve stadia atmosphere.

  • harry

    Yes,more fans means a better atmosphere and better support, which should bring more trophies.

  • tony

    Anything worth a try 2 improve atmosphere at OT they should let R away fans stand there 4 free would turn OT back into a fortress & its obviously safe.

  • http://twitter.com/Osama_Mufc7 Osama Khan

    YES!

  • http://twitter.com/xb1pugsly stickymicky

    yes it would get atmosphere going an stop the miserable old prick behind you moaning cause you keep standing up

  • http://twitter.com/redosaka Osaka H

    spent 15 years standing at matches, I don’t support safe standing at any ground.