Standing in Seated Areas
In 2013, we published a paper on standing in seated areas at football grounds. We examined the nature and causes of spectators standing in seated areas at Premier and Football League grounds. We identified various possible measures to tackle this matter and indicate who should be responsible in each case.
Tackling standing in seated areas requires a concerted and consistent approach by all the relevant bodies acting together over time. Wherever possible, the ground management and the football authorities should be given the opportunity to address the issue through education, persuasion and positive crowd management before the local authorities or SGSA take more robust action such as reducing capacities. Where the evidence indicates that such action is necessary to safeguard spectators the local authorities should receive the full and public support of the clubs and of the football authorities. Supporters should be able to expect a clear approach appropriate to the circumstances of the ground and the fixture, within a consistent overall framework. Achieving this will require the collaboration and commitment of ground management and local authorities and the support of the football authorities.
All parties involved, including the football authorities, local authorities, the SGSA, clubs and supporters, should continue to work together to support the regulations in place and to ensure all spectators have an enjoyable and safe experience when attending a match.