Bristol City announced earlier this week that starting next season, they’re planning to introduce rail/barrier seating in sections of Ashton Gate’s South Stand.
But what exactly do these plans mean? How will they impact fans? And are they a good thing?
In today’s FLW six pointer, we assess just that…
What is rail/barrier seating and how does it work?
“A response from the club to the wish of a number of supporters to stand during games at Ashton Gate.
“Certain sections of the ground will be fitted with specialist seating and barriers to make it more comfortable and safer for fans to stand.
“This will likely be in the shape of a seat with an integrated rail or the installation of a standalone barrier behind the seats.
“Both would still offer the option of a seat, as the club must until the EFL change their rules, but the rail seating would likely be the preferred as it provides fans with more space.
When will it come in and where will they be?
“The club hopes that the new rail/barrier will be installed in time for the start of the 2020/21 season.
“The plan is to introduce them in blocks S25, S26 and S27 in the South Stand at Ashton Gate.
“Season ticket holders that are set to be impacted will receive a letter from City CEO Mark Ashton later this week.”
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What will this mean for the stadium?
“It should mean an improved matchday experience for the whole stadium, that is what the club are hoping for anyway.
“That might sound like a big claim but bear with me. The rail seating will be boost for fans in the section in which it is present, as it will provide them more space and support to stand throughout the game.
“That will likely mean a louder and better atmosphere at Ashton Gate, which, in turn, should be a boost for all the fans attending the game.”
Are the Robins the first side to do this?
“No, but they are the first Championship side to announce such a scheme.
“Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers both have rail seating, as do League One side Shrewsbury Town.
“It is understood that Manchester United are looking to implement a similar system.”
How do the fans feel?
“If Twitter is anything to go by, they’re absolutely buzzing.
“Safe standing is something that many football fans have been keen on for some time and with that in mind, the response of many City fans is understandable. ”
Is it a good thing?
“Definitely! I think this is a fantastic idea from the club.
“There are sections of the South Stand that are on their feet for the majority of the game anyway, so this makes a lot of sense.
“This plan should improve things for those fans, while also improving the atmosphere at Ashton Gate in general.
“That, in turn, should improve the matchday experience for everyone!”