Manchester United increasing ‘safe standing’ options at Old Trafford
The safe standing capacity is set to almost triple this season.
Manchester United have announced they will be extending their safe standing options from the 2023/24 campaign onwards following a successful trial last season.
The club have been leading the charge when it comes to bringing safe standing into English football and after installing a 1,500-capacity area at Old Trafford to be initially tested in a game against Wolves last year, they have now confirmed the section will be expanded.
Issuing a statement on their website, Man United detailed that a further “2,100 safe-standing seats” will be added to the ground, which will see handrails installed in front of each seat to allow supporters to cheer on their team safely.
United‘s new safe-standing seats will be located in the north-east quadrant of the stadium, with a total of 2,500 in the away end, where the vast majority of fans already stand throughout games. A positive step forward for Manchester and football in general.
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United were among a number of clubs to adopt safe-standing options for both home and away fans last year, including Brentford, QPR, Wolves; Cardiff City, Chelsea, Spurs and rivals Manchester City.
The fixtures featuring them last season were the first games in the UK where supporters were legally able to stand throughout the game for nearly three decades following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 and the subsequent government regulations in sport.
Some still feel that the effort from football clubs and their supporters’ associations is “a step backwards” and risks history being repeated, hence why standing’s return has been partial and staggered thus far.
Nevertheless, it’s something many fans have been crying out for over a number of years now and will no doubt be welcome by the majority of Premier League clubs and match-going Reds — more than 3,600 of which will now be able to stand “safely” during matches.
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