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Safe standing proposed for Old Trafford

Manchester United have submitted a formal request to install rail seating at Old Trafford.

The Premier League side recently conducted a feasibility study following changes to the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) Green Guide.

The club wants to install rail seating for up to 1,500 supporters in the North East Quadrant.

And the move comes after the SGSA said recently that rail seating had a ‘positive imact’ on spectator safety.

Minutes from the United fans’ forum on January 31 stated:

A formal proposal was made to the local Safety Advisory Group in December 2019 to request a trial in a small section of the stadium (up to 1,500 seats in the North East Quadrant). The SAG committee is reviewing the request. This is not an automatic approval process.

We will discuss the proposal in detail with the relevant authorities and will work through their compliance and review processes.

Tottenham future-roofed their new stadium for safe standing, while Wolves installed rail seating at Molineux in the summer. Wycombe Wanderers have also been trialling a safe standing area at their Adams Park home.

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