Manchester United Consider Safe Standing At OT
Fri 18th Oct 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Manchester United are the latest club to give their backing to the Safe Standing campaign.
It’s understood that the current Premier League champions are keen to investigate the viability of introducing safe-standing areas at Old Trafford.
According to The Independent newspaper, the club's new chief executive, Ed Woodward, has expressed a willingness to explore the idea when supporters' representatives put it to him at a recent fans' forum.
However, it’s understood that major structural work would need to take place in order to cope with the increased capacity a safe-standing area would bring.
The stadium exits and the passageways leading from them to the current seating areas are said to be too narrow and the logistics of making these changes to the stadium – and presumably a cost-benefit analysis of doing so – that Woodward has agreed with supporters to put in place.
Co-ordinated by the Football Supporters Federation (FSF), the Safe Standing campaign has, at various times, used public facing petitions, Parliamentary events and Early Day Motions to highlight the case for safe standing to the authorities, clubs and politicians.
Dozens of clubs now back the Safe Standing campaign with Premier League clubs like Aston Villa, Sunderland and Cardiff City all pledging their support.
For more information about Safe Standing visit: http://www.fsf.org.uk/campaigns/safe-standing/
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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