‘It’s groundbreaking, pioneering’: Shrewsbury bring in safe standing

24 May 2018 10:00
The League One club, who face Rotherham in Sunday’s play-off final, are England’s first to install rail seating. Will it catch on?It has been quite a week at the Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium. On Tuesday morning Shrewsbury Town’s squad trained on the pitch and gave interviews before Sunday’s League One play-off final with Rotherham. By the afternoon the city’s mayor was in situ, present to open a new section of the Salop Leisure South Stand. These 550 new rail seats were special, too; they formed the first safe standing section in an English football ground.“It’s been a very busy week to be honest with you,” says Brian Caldwell, the club’s chief executive. “We’ve got ticketing ongoing, we’ve got arrangements for Sunday ongoing and, obviously, safe standing is finished and ready to go. This year we’ve now created a safe standing area, finished third in the league and got to a play-off final and the Checkatrade final. We’ve had a successful season on and off the park and I think we take great pride in where we’ve come from.” Related: I survived Hillsborough: now I say let’s bring back standing at football | Adrian Tempany Related: EFL hoping to work with government in bid to address safe-standing issue Continue reading......read full article

Source: TheGuardian