The FSF’s Safe Standing Campaign has also used public facing petitions and Parliamentary events and Early Day Motions to highlight the case for safe standing to the authorities, clubs and politicians.

Dozens of clubs support the Safe Standing Campaign and the Football League backed safe standing in February 2014. Support from the political world is growing too – the Welsh Assembly gave their support in July 2014.

Rail seats

This is the design which many supporters mean when they say safe standing. It’s the design that top-flight clubs  seem most likely to adopt. There is a safety barrier and a seat on every row (or two). The seats are locked into an upright position for domestic games and supporters stand between the barriers. For European games, the seats are simply unlocked.

In European countries such as Germany, Sweden and Austria, safe standing areas are permitted in top-flight football. Many grounds also host matches in UEFA/FIFA competitions when standing areas are not permitted.

A number of technologies have been developed to allow for stands to be easily converted from standing to seating and back again, where required on a temporary basis. This can happen several times a season with minimal fuss.

One version of the rail seat has a ‘lock and latch’ mechanism, as shown in the videos below. The key lock enables the stadium operator to lock the seat out of use, if desired, when that area of the ground is to be used for standing, while, when unlocked, the latch mechanism enables the spectator to lower and raise the seat and put it up ‘on the latch’ as necessary for ease of access and to pass along the row.

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