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SAFE STANDING TEXT SURVEY

31 January 2017

Albion fans will have another chance to air their views.


Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed that it would explore the possibility of installing limited safe standing at the Amex, with fans having an opportunity to have their say - along with other key groups – back in October last year.

 
Following the safe standing forum and recent email survey, the club is keen to communicate with as many supporters as possible to get their views on the issue.
 
Therefore, we will be sending out a text survey in the coming days, allowing us to continue gauging supporter feeling and feedback.
 
The survey can be filled out just once and will only be sent to those we have yet to hear from, but participants must have a mobile phone contact number registered with us in order to take part.

WHAT IS SAFE STANDING?

Rail seating is a combination which can be used as a seated or standing area, as decided by the club or according to competition rules (for example, UEFA requires seating in place for all spectators for its competitions). This is the design which is most often referred to as safe standing. It's the design that is used successfully by clubs in Germany, Austria, Sweden and now, most recently, at Celtic.
 
There is a safety barrier and a seat on every row. The seats are locked into an upright position for games for which standing is permitted, and supporters stand between the barriers in the same space given to one seat.
 
The FA chairman Greg Clarke is a supporter of safe standing and opened early talks with the government while chairman of the Football League, but they were parked during the Hillsborough inquests, which concluded that poor policing – and not standing – was to blame for the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
 
He recently revealed he has lobbied government for the change, saying in an interview for the Telegraph, "I've been a fan of safe standing. In the end, if people want to stand and you can make it safe for them to stand, why wouldn’t you let them? We need to find a way over time to convince the government there won’t be public order issues, it will be safe, it will be controllable."
 
The club will continue to gather opinion and feedback from those on the Safety Advisory Group, our stadium designers and architects, and engineers who have experience of installing rail seating and the various other interested parties - including the club's supporters, and supporters' groups.

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