Premier League: Manchester Metropolis to put in over 5,000 rail seats at Etihad forward of potential ruling on secure standing

Premier League: Manchester Metropolis to put in over 5,000 rail seats at Etihad forward of potential ruling on secure standing

The work will happen earlier than the beginning of the 2021/22 season, which means there will likely be no disruption for supporters, who by then are anticipated to have the ability to return to matches after the coronavirus lockout.

Premier League: Manchester City to install over 5,000 rail seats at Etihad ahead of potential ruling on safe standing

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London: Manchester Metropolis are to put in greater than 5,000 rail seats on the Etihad Stadium with a purpose to benefit from any potential change within the legislation to permit secure standing.

The work will happen earlier than the beginning of the 2021/22 season, which means there will likely be no disruption for supporters, who by then are anticipated to have the ability to return to matches after the coronavirus lockout.

Rail seats might be folded away and locked in place to create a safe-standing space with boundaries.

All-seater stadiums have been obligatory within the prime two tiers of English soccer for the reason that 1994/95 season following suggestions on security made within the Taylor Report.

The report was commissioned after the 1989 Hillsborough catastrophe, which resulted within the deaths of 96 Liverpool followers after crushing on the standing-only terraces earlier than their FA Cup semi-final in opposition to Nottingham Forest.

However there was a renewed push lately for secure standing to be introduced again.

Metropolis, poised to win a 3rd Premier League title in 4 seasons, consider introducing the rail seats now will improve security in an space already affected by persistent standing on matchdays.

Danny Wilson, managing director of Manchester Metropolis operations, mentioned: “The event and set up of a bespoke rail seating system on the Etihad Stadium won’t solely enhance supporter security but additionally ensures that, till there’s a change in laws which allows secure standing, the matchday expertise of supporters and seasoncard holders within the decrease tier of the South Stand will stay unaffected.”

Tottenham and Wolves have already put in sections of rail seating.

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