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Hi all

You may or may not have seen the latest release with regards to safe standing and the publication of the updated Green Guide.

Copy of the post is below.

Rail seats allowed

New Green Guide sets out the rules

Seats with barriers compliant with all-seater policy

The Sports Ground Safety Authority has now published the long-awaited new edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, also known as the Green Guide.

Within the 'Spectator Accommodation - Seating' section of the Guide there is, for the first time, a sub-section on what the SGSA call 'seats incorporating barriers' and 'seats with independent barriers'.

Following publication of the Guide, the SGSA has also confirmed that it is possible, subject to certain provisos, e.g. Safety Advisory Group approval and an agreed management plan for the area concerned, for grounds that include seats incorporating barriers within their provision of exclusively seated accommodation to be licensed as compliant with the all-seater policy.

This gives all clubs with all-seater stadia the opportunity to enhance spectator safety in this way in areas of their ground where more active supporters are inclined to stay on their feet throughout extended moments of excitement, rather than sit passively in their seat for the full 90 minutes. It also enables clubs to get such areas of their grounds ready to be operated formally as standing areas as and when government policy allows and ready to take advantage of any future potential for increasing capacity in such areas.

In addition to these opportunities, there are, however, also risks. In some scenarios it is possible that capacity will be reduced.


In a nutshell this means that we as a club can install rail seats and as such could do so in the more persistent areas of standing. i.e. South Stand.

This would not be a formal safe standing area as such and would just be the introduction of rails thus making it safe. I personally wouldn't think that it would incur a capacity reduction but I am by no means a safety expert.

Naturally its also fair to say that we perhaps don't have the funding at the minute to maybe install them but looking at the new guide, the option is certainly now there. One does wonder if stadium safety enhancement costs could help lower FFP, who knows?!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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18... The title needs amending to Dec 2018!

Hopefully a step forward, even if only a tentative step for now.

I doubt I myself would make use of voluntary standing for 90 mins any more, but I can fully understand the younger ones (or those with sturdier knees!) wanting this, and I hope it comes sooner rather than later.

Looking at a few of those vids the other day, of that most beautiful of engineering feats, namely the soon-to-be new home of Tottingham, and some of those seats looked suspiciously like "Safe-Standing seats" to me, (i.e. they had the rails in place) unless I was very much mistaken?  Shame about the roof leaking, but hey-ho!

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The whole things a joke, they let the whole South Stand remain standing throughout the game, yet if we were to install rail seats which are actually safer for people who stand then it’s all “no no no no!”

The FA, not our club.

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