Standing Areas In The Premier League Within Five Years
The debate continues about introducing safe standing areas at Premier League grounds and an increasing number of people within football see it as a certainty to eventually come in.
West Ham are one club who have been advocates of safe standing areas and now co-owner David Gold has said he expects to see their introduction with five years and hopes to have them for his own club as soon as possible after they move into the Olympic stadium in three years time.
“Safe standing in football stadiums will happen, I promise you it will.
I would be stunned if we don’t have some sort of safe standing experiment soon. I think in 5 years we’ll see safe standing at football grounds because let’s face it, it is not very expensive to install and it is safe, In fact it is two or three times safer that what we have at the moment.
What exists is unsafe standing (fans who currently stand in seated areas).”
The West Ham owners aren’t my favourite people but Gold talks a lot of sense at a time when most people running/owning football clubs don’t care about fan issues/wants, or are simply ignorant as to what is the reality.
As Gold says, fans DO stand now, that is the reality. Plus as the West Ham co-owner says, those supporters are standing in seated areas which are more dangerous when standing than modern safe standing areas as used in Germany.
Hopefully when Premier League owners/chairmen meet up, the likes of David Gold will push the case for safe standing and convince other clubs that introducing standing areas wouldbe for everyone’s benefit, including the actual clubs – not just the fans.
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