Manchester United have been granted permission to put in 1,500 safe-standing seats to be used in a trial when Previous Trafford is opened once more to supporters. Using barrier seating has been authorized following a change in laws and a feasibility research carried out by the membership. Followers should not anticipated to be permitted to attend matches for at the least quite a few months with English soccer indefinitely suspended as a result of coronavirus outbreak.
Even when matches do return, they are going to doubtless happen behind closed doorways for the forseeable future.
Nonetheless, United insist work will be carried out on the venture while respecting social distancing tips to make sure it’s prepared for when followers can return.
“It might appear unusual to speak about stadium plans right now, however soccer and our followers will return when it’s protected, and our preparations for that should proceed within the background,” mentioned United’s managing director Richard Arnold.
“This announcement is the most recent step in what has been an extended journey with our followers.
“We have now listened to their suggestions, specifically, the representations made by MUST (Manchester United Supporters’ Belief), and labored with Trafford Council to develop and approve this proposal.”
Arnold added that the barrier seats can improve spectator security in areas of the bottom the place followers persistently stand anyway and that the trial might be prolonged to different areas of the stadium.
“We’ll now transfer on to develop the set up, compliance and licensing plan for the trial, with a view to having the brand new seats put in for once we can welcome our supporters again to Previous Trafford,” mentioned Arnold.
All-seater stadiums have been obligatory within the high two tiers of English soccer since 1994/95, following suggestions on stadium security made within the Taylor Report, which was commissioned after 96 folks died within the 1989 Hillsborough catastrophe.
However there was a renewed push lately for protected standing to be introduced into the highest ranges of English soccer with United set to observe fellow Premier League golf equipment Tottenham and Wolves in putting in rail seating.