Installing dual purpose seating and standing areas

The Government’s all-seater policy does not allow standing accommodation at the grounds of clubs who have been in the Premier League or Championship for more than three years. However, standing accommodation is permitted at grounds in Leagues 1 and 2 at clubs that have not previously been in the Premier League or Championship for more than three years (and therefore become all seated) or at those clubs currently in the Premier League or Championship but not yet subject to the all-seater policy.

Such standing accommodation must meet the required standards set by the SGSA. These standards are enforced by way of an annual licence to admit spectators issued to the ground by us. Therefore, those clubs not subject to the all-seater policy could, if they so wished, install dual purpose areas, to allow for terracing and seating, subject to those areas meeting required standards.

This process aims to provide clarity to those clubs about the process for applying to the SGSA for such areas to be covered by the licence issued to the ground.

Dual purpose seating areas