City to install rail seating at the Etihad Stadium
By Ric Turner, Wed 24 March 2021 13:58
Move will see installation of 5,620 rails seats in South Stand Level One
City will install 5,620 rail seats in the lower tier of the South Stand this summer, the club have confirmed.
Standing at Premier League grounds is not permitted under current legislation, but City are prepared should the government give the go-ahead for safe standing in the future.
The move follows extensive research and consultation by City, who worked closely with Manchester City Council and the Sports Ground Safety Authority.
Danny Wilson, City’s managing director of operations, said: “The development and installation of a bespoke rail seating system at the Etihad Stadium will not only improve supporter safety but also ensures that until there is a change in legislation which permits safe standing, the matchday experience of supporters and Seasoncard holders in the lower tier of the South Stand will remain unaffected.
“Whilst we will continue to remind supporters that they should remain seated during matches, we are also pleased to inform them that the installation of a rail seating area means the Etihad Stadium will be ready and prepared should the government bring forward legislation to introduce safe standing in the Premier League.”