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So what's the aim?
By taking a safe standing roadshow unit demonstrating 'rail seats' around the country, to support the FSF safe standing campaign calling for clubs currently with all-seater grounds to be permitted, subject to appropriate new
regulations, to create - if they wish - designated areas for safe standing in
We suggest that clubs might want to convert, say, 10% of
their ground capacity into a standing section for home fans (e.g. lower tier behind the goal, shown red in example on right) and perhaps 5% for
away fans (e.g. lower tier, opposite corner), thus leaving 85% of the stadium capacity as seating.
Such safe standing areas could be created in a number of
ways (German clubs, for instance, use a number of different configurations,
enabling quick switching of designated standing areas into seated sections for
games played under UEFA or FIFA all-seater regulations).
Example Stadium Layout
Red = Safe standing areas
We favour the use of
what we call ‘rail seats’, as used, for instance, at state-of-the-art stadia
in Hoffenheim (German Bundesliga, stadium opened 2009), Klagenfurt (UEFA Euro 2008
venue, opened 2007), Wolfsburg (German Bundesliga champions 2009, opened 2002), Hannover (2006 World Cup), Werder Bremen (German Bundesliga, stadium remodelled in 2010/11) and the
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Stuttgart (German Bundesliga), where remodelling in 2011 now provides standing space for 10,000 fans using this form of rail
seat. An example of such seats / standing spaces (in the 'away' end at Hoffenheim) is shown below and via the links in this paragraph to photos of each ground mentioned.
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