December 2016. Manchester United have become the first Premier League club to survey its fans on safe standing. In a trailblazing move, the world’s most famous football club has asked fans if they would like to see safe standing at Old Trafford and, if so, where.
As part of a survey sent out to season ticket holders, the Red Devils asked fans two questions: “If Premier League clubs were permitted to introduce safe standing would you like Manchester United to do so at Old Trafford in the future?” and “If Manchester United were to introduce safe standing areas at Old Trafford in the future, where would you like these areas to be situated?” The second question was accompanied by an Old Trafford seating plan, with fans asked to then select their top three choices.
The two survey questions as shown to Utd fans:
This unprecedented degree of fan engagement on the subject from a Premier League club comes as a continuation of a long dialogue that Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) has had on safe standing with the club over several years, during which time MUST has been instrumental in organising presentations of rail seating to senior club executives at Old Trafford, Celtic Park and VfL Wolfsburg.
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