Manchester United have confirmed plans to move ahead with the addition of rail seating at Old Trafford.
United are among a number of clubs said to be keen on trialling the seats in the stadium, which have been successful elsewhere.
Rail seating is common in Europe, with the most famous example being Borussia Dortmund’s ‘Yellow Wall’ – a single stand that hold up to 26,000 fans on Bundesliga matchdays.
Celtic were the first British club to introduce a ‘safe standing’ area, with a 2,600 capacity rail seating section formally unveiled in July 2016.
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Wolves were the first club in England to install rail seats in 2019 to demonstrate to fans and the local Safety Advisory Group how they would be used when the law banning persistent standing is dropped.
And Manchester United are hoping to be able to follow suit, with the club confirming in a fans’ forum meeting that they have begun the process to bring safe standing to Old Trafford.
The club stated that they are “in favour of rail seating in parts of Old Trafford in principle”, and that “following changes to the Sports Ground Stadium Authority Green Guide, we have recently conducted a study into the feasibility of a rail seating trial within the stadium”.
They went on to say: “A formal proposal was made to the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG) in December 2019 to request a trial in a small section of the stadium (up to 1,500 seats in the North East Quadrant).
“Our belief is that the introduction of rail seating will enhance spectator safety in areas of the stadium where – as with other clubs – we have seen examples of persistent standing.
“The SAG committee is reviewing the request. This is not an automatic approval process. We will discuss the proposal in detail with the relevant authorities and will work through their compliance and review…