Crystal Palace join Spurs in push for safe standing
Tottenham Hotspur revealed recently that they are designating areas in their new stadium for possible safe standing in the future and now Crystal Palace have spoken about their attempts to provide standing accommodation for their supporters.
Spurs would like to have some standing areas for both home and away supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, due to be opened next season, and have made provision for such areas to be put in place as and when legislation changes to permit it.
Now, Crystal Palace have revealed today that they have been blocked, due to that legislation, from providing a safe standing area for home fans at Selhurst Park. When they placed 2017/18 season tickets on sale, those in the lower Holmesdale Stand were place on hold while the club considered the potential for installing rail seating.
Those seats have now gone back on sale with the club being told they were not allowed to have a standing section within their ground.
Chairman Steve Parish told the Croydon Advertiser: “We’re looking at rail seating now for the Holmesdale Stand, that’s part of why the season tickets were on hold. We’re not allowed to do it. It needs a change of law, as far as we’ve been told.”
Parish added: “We would like to do it, I think supporters would like it. The main reason we would like to do it, bizarrely, is more for the people that want to sit down than for the people that want to stand up.
“In most grounds, there are certain areas where people don’t sit down and this spreads. Then you get this clash between supporters that want to sit down and want to stand up. If you can have an official standing area, you can actively police certain areas more actively.
“The problem with football, it seems to me now, is we start from this standpoint of uber, uber safety which, given the context of what happened in football stadiums, I understand, but there are proven safe ways of managing standing in stadia around the work.
“The safest stadium we could have is no one in it. Sometimes I think that’s what safety people want, literally no one turns up. From my point of view, what we want is what people enjoy on their day out. It’s clearly what people want, I think. I think it would help everyone’s enjoyment of football because the people who want to stand up can stand up, safely, and the people that don’t want to stand up can be looked after.”
Up the Clarets fully supports the introduction of safe standing areas within football grounds in England and work fully with Burnley FC Supporters Groups and the Football Supporters Federation in trying to achieve this.
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