Man Utd consult Spurs over possible stadium amendment

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Manchester United club officials have spoken to their counterparts at Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers over the possible introduction of rail seating to their Old Trafford stadium (The Mirror).

The 62,062 capacity new Tottenham Hotspur stadium was future proofed with respective areas of the ground having been fitted with rail seating.

Areas at the front of the 17,500 capacity single-tier South Stand, as well as in the visiting supporters’ section, were future-proofed for safe standing should the law change in future.

In January, Wolves installed a mix of rail seats and seats with separate barriers in a currently unused block of the Billy Wright Stand to show fans and the local Safety Advisory Group how they would work when the law banning persistent standing is dropped.

United are currently carrying out a detailed study on the feasibility of including similar seating at their stadium.

Rail seating is used extensively in Germany and at Celtic Park in Scotland, but standing is not permitted in the top two divisions in England.

Opinion

Safe standing is something which will hopefully be introduced to the top flight sooner rather than later. 

Tottenham’s new stadium is certainly a benchmark of modern design which all clubs should look to replicate.

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