Earlier this year, the Government announced that they are taking the first steps to create safe standing areas at Premier League and Championship clubs, with a number of trials of rail seating taking place across the country starting in January 2022.
With a view to Brentford potentially introducing safe standing at in time for the start of next season, subject to the necessary legislation and safety approvals, two isolated barrier rails have been installed ahead of tonight’s game, in the West Lower and West Upper sections.
Alan Walsh, Brentford FC’s Operations Director said, “These installations will allow us to review the two different types of barriers, designed for the specific areas which are under consideration. It’s the next step of the process and it allows us to gather feedback from a safety, operational and aesthetic point of view while ensuring that they work for the supporters.”
This trial follows the safe standing fan survey which was sent out this month to Season Ticket Holders in the West Stand and South Stand Block S100. This covers the area which is being considered for conversion.
Season Ticket Holders in those areas were asked for their views on safe standing and if they would want to be remain in that area for next season. Fans have also been reassured that they will have the opportunity to relocate if they prefer not to stand to watch the game.
Feedback from the survey will help to inform decision-making and will feed into the licence application process, should the project proceed.
Alan Walsh welcomed the input from supporters to date on the survey, which is still open, and added: “Season Ticket Holders in the relevant sections still have the chance to send in their views. All feedback we receive from fans in those areas, alongside the practical tests we are undertaking, will help steer our planning before we make any final decisions on the introduction of rail seating.”
Season Ticket Holders in the West Stand and South Stand Block S100 can click here to complete the survey.