Hull City AFC back FSF safe standing campaign

Over the third weekend of October 2012, Hull City became the third Championship club to publicly support calls for trials of safe standing areas, with their announcement covered on local radio, regional TV, in the local press and on the club's own website.

The roadshow visited a very chilly KC Stadium at the invitiation of the Official Supporters Club back in February and since then the OSC has had an ongoing dialogue with the club about safe standing, with Hornsea Branch chairman Chris Smith also producing a detailed dossier on it for the club's owners.

A stadium "for every type of fan"

Announcing their support for safe standing, owner and vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: "It is definitely something we are supportive of and we are talking to Hull City Official Supporters’ Club. We believe there should be a place for every type of fan at the KC Stadium."

The club’s media and marketing manager George Hudson added: “We’ve been working with HCOSC for around a year and I’ve been personally researching safe standing. Tomorrow we’ll be announcing that we’re supporting the Safe Standing Campaign on behalf of Hull City fans. Thanks to the fans who put the effort in lots of people canvassed me at the Bristol City match.”

On Monday 22nd October, the Hull Daily Mail and its sister website This is Hull and Humberside then formally broke the story in print.

Later that morning on the club's website Hull City stated:

"It is also a concept that would allow the Club to cater for all of our fans’ needs with a mix of seating and standing areas.

"Should there be any changes in the current legislation then Hull City would look to engage with the Council as owners of the stadium to discuss potential options for our fans."

Following on from Derby County and Peterborough United, Hull City thus became the third club in the Championship to openly back safe standing.