Manchester City confirm plans for safe standing section

Manchester City have announced plans for a safe standing section at Etihad Stadium.

The announcement will serve as music to the ears of many fans who have long been calling for safe standing in stadia around the country. It’ll also come in the wake of Tottenham & Wolves installing barrier seating in their own grounds ready for when supporters can once again attend games.

Safe standing returns?

City’s local rivals Manchester United have said they’ll be implementing a system of 1,500 barrier seats, but under these plans, City would be raising the bar with 5,620 – one of the biggest commitments in England thus far. It would also be complete in time for the start of the 2021/22 season.

The club has issued the following statement on the matter.

“Manchester City is announcing that work will begin this summer to install 5,620 rail seats in the lower tier of the Etihad Stadium’s South Stand – including the South East and South West corners – to enhance supporter safety, replacing the current seats,” the club said. 

“The installation of the rail seating area, which will be one of the largest of its kind in the Premier League, follows the conclusion of extensive research and consultation undertaken by the club.”

All-seater stadiums have been required since the 1994/95 campaign after the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster was published. 

“As part of this, the club has worked closely with stakeholders including the Local Authority and the Sports Ground Safety Authority to bring forward a proposal which will enhance safety in an area where persistent standing occurs.”

Support of safe standing has been growing for some years now, with a number of clubs giving their backing to the idea along with evidence that they could implement it safely.

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