The Premier League and Championship set to introduce safe standing areas, after a pilot test consisting of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Cardiff City and Manchester City returned positive results.
Wolves, QPR and Brentford will also offer safe standing for home and away fans from the 2022/23 season. During the latter half of the season, it will be implemented at Wembley as well.
Premier League and Championship to reintroduce safe standing
Following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, laws required all spectators to be seated across the country. But now, that is set to change with the new findings across football fans.
Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: “We’re confident now that we can roll out safe standing.
“We’ve engaged with lots of stakeholders, including importantly with Hillsborough families, because it’s really important that we do take everybody’s views and opinions on board.
“Fans want it, we can do it safely, and I think it’s a good day for football.”
A CFE Research revealed that there was little connection between the risk in safety of spectators and safe standing. Moreover, a majority of the people in the research said that they felt safer due to the introduction of the safety measures.
The fans have asked for it to be reintroduced for a long time, and now, they can avail the new feature from the 22/23 season in select grounds where it has been allowed.