QPR are the latest London club to test the waters on the introduction of safe standing, beginning a consultation process to see if fans want rail seating installed at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The Rs are hoping that if successful, the introduction of safe standing would help to improve the atmosphere at the ground. The consultation process with fans will run until March 20, with fans being invited to fill out a questionnaire on whether they would be in favour of the installation.
“The club is constantly looking at ways to improve and engage with as many supporters as possible,” QPR CEO Lee Hoos said in a statement on the club’s official website.
“We feel rail seating is an option worth looking at in consultation with our supporters. It raises several questions and challenges such as: Where do we put it? What about people already sat in those areas? How many people would be interested in relocating to an area which offered rail seating? If the area is over-subscribed, how do you determine who will be allocated a space?
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“I must stress at this point that this is the start of a consultation only and that any implementation of rail seating would only start if it is approved by the appropriate lincensing authorities.”
Two weeks ago, Manchester United 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.