Safe Standing To Be Introduced At Celtic Park
Thu 5th May 2016 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
A safe standing area will be introduced at Celtic Park from the start of next season.
The Scottish Premiership champions confirmed in their season-ticket renewal information that rail seats will be installed in a modified area of the Lisbon Lions Stand.
Celtic were granted permission to introduce “safe standing” in June 2015 having been in dialogue with the relevant authorities for over five years previously.
It is proposed that the rail seating area will initially accommodate up to 2,600 supporters.
Speaking at the time of the announcement, Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell said: “Celtic has worked tirelessly on this issue and we are delighted that this permission has finally been granted.
“The introduction of rail seating at Celtic Park represents an investment in spectator safety. Across football globally, the reality is that some supporters are choosing to stand at matches.
"This is something we must accept and manage and also understand the positive effect which these areas have on atmosphere at matches.
“Celtic’s primary objective will always be the safety and comfort of its supporters – this new system will now allow fans to stand safely at matches.
“Rail seating has been in place in European football for some time and there has been considerable demand for some form of 'safe standing' within the UK and particularly from our supporters.
"We are sure the rail seating section will prove very popular with supporters and we look forward to its introduction.
Celtic worked closely with Glasgow City Council to secure permission along with independent Safety and Security expert, Dr Steve Frosdick who, at the time of securing permission, said: “This is a pioneering move by Celtic and one which has spectator safety at its core.
“For the first time in the UK, football fans will be able to stand to watch the game from purpose-built accommodation which is demonstrably safe.
"The club and its fans are to be congratulated for the way they have worked together to make the case to the authorities.
"Glasgow City Council and the emergency services are also to be commended, firstly for their rigorous scrutiny of the proposal and secondly for having the courage to grant the first approval."
Reuters / Russell Cheyne
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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