Daniel Levy announces Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will trial safe standing this season

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Spurs have been given then green light, after passing all criteria points, to pilot the introduction of safe standing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Earlier this year there was a debate in Parliament regarding the issue, which was sparked by a petition signed by over 112,000 people.

Standing area bans were put in place following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives and Lord Justice Taylor then made the recommendation in his inquiry.

In September, football.london reported that clubs could apply to be allowed these safe standing sections in stadiums and Spurs were likely to be one of these teams, due to their preparations when they built their stadium.

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The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened over a year and a half ago and they prepared for a situation like this, by installing safe standing sections in their ground which London rivals Chelsea have also done at Stamford Bridge.

On Monday morning, the official Spurs website produced a statement to announce that they were among five of the first clubs to be accepted for the safe standing project with Cardiff, Chelsea, Man City and Man United being the others.

“Over the remainder of the 2021/22 season, research will be carried out at the five ‘early adopter’ grounds by CFE Research, to evaluate the implementation of the licensed standing areas. This research will be provided to Government to inform its decisions about the potential wider roll-out of licensed standing from the start of next season,” the statement read.

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“Our ‘safe seating’ design provides 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.”



Chairman, Daniel Levy commented on Tottenham's approval for safe standing.
Daniel Levy is pleased Tottenham have been given approval for safe standing

Chairman Daniel Levy commented on the successful application on the policy which is led by the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA).

“The Club has led on lobbying the Government for safe standing at stadia and is delighted that this will now be possible. It delivers choice for fans attending the game – whether home or away supporters – and the vast majority of our fans are in favour of this scheme. We are extremely proud of our ‘safe seating’ design, which ensures both comfort and safety, whether standing or seated, while maintaining the same aesthetics as in all other areas of the stadium.”

Nigel Huddleston, Sports Minister, also expressed his delight with giving these five clubs the green light.

“The time is now right to properly trial safe standing in the Premier League and EFL Championship ahead of a decision on a widespread roll-out. Safety is absolutely paramount and the SGSA is working hand-in-glove with the clubs on this. Fans deserve different options on how they can enjoy a live match and I will be watching the progress of these trials with interest.”

The test which these clubs have been approved for required them to meet eight criteria to receive the approval:

  • The seats cannot be locked in the ‘up’ or ‘down’ position, allowing fans the option of being able to sit.
  • There must also be one seat/space per person.
  • There must be a Code of Conduct in place for fans in the licensed standing area.
  • Briefing and training must be in place for staff and stewards to ensure only relevant ticket holders are admitted to the licensed standing areas.
  • CCTV must be in place and offer full coverage of the licensed standing areas.
  • The ground must consult with its Safety Advisory Group about plans for the licensed standing areas.
  • The licensed standing areas must not impact the viewing standards or other fans, including disabled fans.
  • The necessary infrastructure being in place before 1 January, 2022, which must be in both home and away sections.

Research done prior to the pandemic, during the 19/20 season, found that having seats with barriers was a lot safer for the introduction of standing areas but the test isn’t a reintroduction of terraces and some areas of these stadiums will still be subject to the Government’s all-seater policy.

Click here to read the full announcement and statement.

Source by Football London

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