Manchester United Get The All-Clear For Rail Seating TrialPeter Houghton
News came out yesterday that the country’s largest club football stadium, Old Trafford, has been the green light to install 1500 “standing seats”, initially as an experiment. The installation will be in the North East quadrant, behind the corner opposite to the away section.
The stadium is more one of a “converted” nature rather than one that was built for purpose and has suffered more than most with spectators standing in their seated area, in many ways due to the sheer volume of fans attending matches, so the news will be welcome to the Manchester United Supporters Trust and their fans generally.
The installation “job” has, I understand, been put out to tender and it is almost certain that one of our Corporate Partners and Exhibitors will be successful in winning the contract. No doubt those partners involved – Alderdale, Ferco, 2020 and Arena will be getting ready to prepare their bids, with the installation set to go ahead before the start of the 2020/2021 season whenever that might be.
Jon Darch, who runs the Safe Standing Roadshows had this to say on his twitter account –
Great new that @ManUtd have got approval for a rail seat trial at Old Trafford. Much credit must go to @Drasdo & @MU_ST for lobbying for this for many years and to the club for engaging with them on it. https://t.co/mEIQ6dsCRx pic.twitter.com/Xso5APsZWO
— Jon Darch (@SafeStandingRS) April 29, 2020
It will interesting to see how this plays out at a club stadium with regular attendances of just under 75000