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.
Tools and resources
Advice on Drones
You may be familiar with the scenes from the Partizan stadium during the Serbia v Albania Euro 2016 qualifying game, when a drone carrying a pro-Albanian flag landed on the pitch. The violence that ensued both on the pitch and in the stands is a reminder of how quickly situations can change.
How to calculate the safe capacity of a sports ground?
The responsibility for calculating the safe capacity of a ground rests with the ground management. Where any part or parts of a ground are covered by a safety certificate issued by the local authority the capacity calculated by ground management should be reviewed by the local authority and if validated included in the safety certificate. Further information and detail is available in the Green Guide.
When should the first annual inspection and structural appraisal be undertaken at a new, or recently completed, stadium?
It is usual that the safety certificate or operations manual will require ground management to obtain every 12 months , a report from a competent person that the structural elements have been inspected and found to be adequate.