English football fans have been clamoring for a long while for safe-standing to be re-introduced at football grounds. Standing at football grounds was banned in 1990 as part of ‘the Football Spectators’ Act’, in immediate response to the tragedy at Hillsborough, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives.
In the past 20 years however, English football has seen many developments in spectator accommodation and stadium safety, thus giving rise to a growing chorus of voices calling for a reassessment of the ban of safe standing. Much to the delight of most football fans, the government actually confirmed a few months ago that it will be reviewing its policy.
While no final verdict has come out yet, that hasn’t stopped Tottenham Hotspur from future-proofing their new 62,000-seater stadium with safe-standing features. Some pictures of Tottenham’s new stadium was released this week, showing that the club have installed safe-standing rails in the stadium.
Check out the images below:
Safe-standing rails already fitted at Tottenham’s new ground. Surprised they were allowed but as anyone with half a brain can see, it does nothing but enhance safety. Not sure why @tracey_crouch needs to drag out research for something so simple & effective #safestanding @The_FSF pic.twitter.com/2nt62TsKVr
— Eddie (@eddie_1878) September 27, 2018
It’s clear from the pictures that Daniel Levy and Tottenham are expecting a positive verdict on the matter. Spurs fans will certainly be excited by these pictures, as the stadium is expected to be ready before the end of the year.