Southampton FC looking to introduce safe standing at St Mary’s

10 Aug 2022 | 08:29 | Football

Southampton The football club is looking to introduce a secure spot at St Mary’s, a pre-season letter to confirmed season ticket holders.

In information released ahead of the opener at home to Leeds United on Saturday, fans were told that ‘being able to demonstrate that we can safely operate at full capacity will also be important when We look forward to introducing the safe spot at St Mary’s, which the club will continue to consult with fans throughout the season’.

The warning comes amid growing anti-social behavior in Game during last season, the club added.

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But the step to secure position is a victory for former independent city councilor Andrew Pope, who has campaigned on the issue for five years.

He says it will improve the atmosphere and game day experience for both home and away fans.

Now, he has been contacted by St to say they are looking to ‘accept and accept’ the secure position.

Daily Echo:

In a letter seen by the Daily Echo, Mr Pope was told that Southampton Football The club is working on designs for standing safely in the stadium and will begin consulting with fans in the next few weeks.

He said: “I’m glad that after 5 years leading the campaign to protect the safe position, Southampton FC finally confirmed to me that they would be testing and I would be consulted on designs that I understood were imminent. ”

The government recently confirmed that Premier League and Championship clubs wanting to introduce licensed ‘safe standing’ zones at football stadiums have been allowed to do so since the start of the 2022/23 season, which began on Saturday with the defeat of Saints against Tottenham.

Daily Echo:

Brentford, Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be the first clubs to join ‘early adopters’ Cardiff City, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to provide licensed footholds in the zones. designated seating area.

Other clubs are expected to use licensed standing areas throughout the season.

Under the licensed standing condition, fans are allowed to stand and watch matches in allocated spaces behind fences or tracks in areas where spectators are standing. Each fan must occupy the same area they would receive if they were seated, with a numbered, traceable ticket.

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