Manchester City will install more than 5,000 seats on the track at the Etihad, while club leaders want to follow Spurs and Wolves by redesigning the entire bottom tier of their South Stand in time for next season.
- Manchester City will work on the installation of more than 5,000 train seats
- City will adapt the entire bottom layer of their South stand for construction
- They want to follow Spurs and Wolves by introducing the rail seats
Manchester City is taking the big step to install more than 5,000 rail seats at the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Premier League leaders have committed to work to prepare for a possible change in government law to allow for a safe position in football stadiums.
City is undergoing construction for next season, with the entire bottom tier of their South Stand being modified. About 10 percent of that is for away supporters.
Manchester City is preparing to install more than 5,000 train seats for next season
At the Etihad, club chiefs want to put the entire bottom of the South Stand back behind the goal
Tottenham and Wolves have already equipped their stadiums with the rail seats, while Manchester United are in the process of building 1,500 in a corner of Old Trafford.
City will place 5,620 seats with a rail in front of them to lean on behind a target on the Etihad and believe the decision will increase safety in an area where standing is persistent.
Danny Wilson, the club’s general manager, said: ‘While we will continue to remind supporters to remain seated during matches, we are also pleased to inform them that installing a seating area on the track means that the Etihad Stadium and will be prepared. the government must come up with legislation to introduce a secure position in the Premier League.
The city wants to be ready if the government changes its legislation on safe-keeping
The development and installation of a custom rail seating system at the Etihad Stadium will not only improve the safety of supporters, but will also ensure that the matchday experience of supporters and season ticket holders in the bottom tier of the South Stand remains untouched. ‘
The move follows extensive research and consultation by City, who worked closely with Manchester City Council and the Sports Ground Safety Authority.
Standing at competitions has been banned in the top two levels since the Taylor Report on the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, but track seating has proven successful on the continent.
The club hopes to follow the lead from Spurs, who have successfully introduced rail seats
A broad survey of urban supporters conducted in 2018 regarding the future development of the Etihad led to ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback about the prospect of track seating.
City wanted to oversee the changes during the summer months so as not to disturb supporters mid-season.
They are also undergoing a major overhaul of the Etihad surface, with a complete refit from the foundation – their largest outlay for the field in 11 years.