Another positive step for the many football fans who believe that safe standing areas have to be allowed in the top divisions of English football.

So many clubs in Germany having shown that the designs of stadiums incorporating safe standing are at the very least, as safe as what is used at Premier League clubs at the moment.

The best supported club in Europe, Borussia Dortmund, regularly get 80,000 fans at home matches with tens of thousands of them in safe standing areas, helping them to creat a brilliant atmosphere.

Whilst the grass roots campaign from football fans continues to exert pressure on the government, great to hear of one club who are making themselves ready for when safe standing areas a are allowed.

Tottenham have revealed that they have incorporated safe standing areas into their new stadium, ready to be activated when there is approval finally given by the politicians.

Tottenham official statement on safe standing areas at new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club today revealed the design of seating areas that have been future-proofed for safe standing within its new 62,000 capacity stadium, set to open later this year.

Today, cross-party MPs shall debate the issue in Parliament on whether all clubs, regardless of the division they play in, should have the ability to offer fans the choice in terms of whether to sit or stand while they watch their football team play.

The Club has put itself at the forefront of this debate with a unique design for its new stadium that offers optionality and flexibility.

Areas at the front of the stadium’s new 17,500 capacity single-tier South Stand, as well as in the visiting supporters’ section, have been future-proofed for safe standing – both are areas where the Club had issues with persistent standing when at its former White Hart Lane home.

Although ‘rail seating’ is used extensively in Germany and at Celtic Park in Scotland, the Club has created a different, improved design that doesn’t compromise comfort.

The Club is proposing a purpose-designed ‘safe seating’ concept whereby safety and spectator comfort are given equal precedence, using the same moulded seats as in the rest of the general admission areas.

These seats provide the same comfort and leg room as in all other areas of the stadium, with an ergonomically profiled bar set at 900mm for clear sightlines.

The seat in its folded position is slim, allowing the stepping clearway to be maximised, with a purpose-designed lock to ensure the seat can be stowed when required.

Furthermore, the Club has made its Season Ticket Holders aware of the potential for safe standing when purchasing seats within the future-proofed areas.

Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur, said:

“As a Club, we did not engage on this until the Hillsborough Inquiry was concluded, which showed that the tragedy in April 1989 had not been caused by standing.

“We then conducted research with our fan base which showed overwhelming support for safe standing. The main reasons given were choice and atmosphere – fans cannot sing sitting down.

“So, at our new stadium, we have designed a section within the home area and within the away section that has an integrated safety bar with the normal seating. Fans have bought season tickets for the home area in the knowledge that, should the law change, this would be our standing area – it was one of the first areas to sell out.

“Importantly, it is a new design which incorporates the same appearance and comfort as all other seats within the stadium.

“In the meantime, without any change in the law, our design delivers a safer environment should there be persistent standing.”

Jon Babbs, Stadium Director, Tottenham Hotspur, said:

“Our design ensures that, regardless of the law changing, only one fan per seat will be permitted within the future-proofed areas.

“This, along with the enhanced clearways and integrated bar, provides improved safety should fans stand during games.”

Martin Cloake, Co-Chair, Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, said:

“We’re proud the Club is leading the way by proposing an innovative design concept that takes into account what fans have been asking for. Our latest survey is showing support at 88% in favour of safe standing.”

  • Sickandtired

    Won’t ever happen here under Fatty, as it would involve spending money.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Look at the fans forum meeting minutes.

      It’s been raised, the club have met with the manufacturers after going visiting Celtic on more than one occasion in order to explore the idea.

      It doesn’t meet the myth of course so gloss over reality.

      • porciestreet

        Morning Bobby, re the 60,000 crowds. Back when I first visited the Popular side , circa 56-58, on the half way line, it was all standing and sometimes it was near impossible to get in especially with the Manures and Arsenal’s.
        No crowd restrictions in them days and very little bother either ,, less you were a Mackem of course.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I just took a look at 57-58 season, league attendances ranged from 16,000 to 53,000 but the norm was upper 20,000’s to mid 30,000’s. My old fella was possibly a little older than you and a regular in the late 40’s and 50’s, he never saw the need for a season ticket unless you wanted to sit down and very much saw the idea of an ‘all ticket’ game being a novelty bought about for the derby games in the 80’s.

          I think the desire for season tickets has stemmed from the KK era, cost advantage, guarantee of a good seat on your choosing and guarantee to see the big games.

          • porciestreet

            Sorry mate cross purposes. I wasn’t inferring that 60,000 was the norm , just that I’ve been in massive crowds there and rather than being uncomfortable, it was just one he’ll of a crush though very enj
            I was one of those rugrats that was passed overhead down to the front , standing in front of those alphabetical boards that held the half time scores.
            Got my first season ticket at 17 and was directly behind the away dugout with the Tunnel on my right.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I understand, i just think the reason for having a season ticket is part price but mainly because all-seating means you can’t sit with your mates every game if you just pay on the door and fans like to keep the same seat.

          • Ram Kishore

            Whatever u say.. with facts and truth .. they always bring the Mackem tag on you Bobbi

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            That is true but young Porciestreet is saying there was no bother at football games with big crowds and little restriction on the numbers in the ground and fans from other clubs would be all in together.

            Although he does concede there may be a little bother if it was a Sunderland game.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    This is new news? It’s over 2 years old.