The Proposal - continued (Continues on next page)
Rail seats - The design
Each rail seat incorporates a high back with a sturdy top rail that comes up to approximately the waist height of the spectator standing behind it.
The top rail behind each seat links firmly into the next one right
along the row, thus creating a continuous, robust barrier along its full
Despite being called seats, their primary function is that of a
waist-high rail for the spectators standing behind them and for all domestic
games the seats would remain folded up (if desired / permitted by the newly
drafted regulations, the seats can be locked in this position). When folded up the seats lie flush between the uprights of the frame, thus making
the whole railing just a few centimetres deep and freeing up the maximum amount
of space between each row of rails for standing fans and ease of access and egress for stewards and paramedics.
Rail heights in Germany vary between 90 and 115cm.
Rail heights compliant with Green Guide
There may be an
argument to revise this downwards for rails in safe standing areas, as with a
maximum of 2 rows of spectators between each rail, they will never be called
upon to withstand the same forces as rails on ‘old-fashioned’ terracing.
Even without any such lowering of the required height, however, it can be seen from the heights in use in Germany (up to 115cm) that rail seats can comfortably comply with the current minimum 102cm height requirement (110cm for new builds).
Clear space for added safety
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