Originally Posted by SANTA SNRUB
interesting to see we've backed safe standing.
On the one hand it makes sense. The corners opposite both sides of the away end have been designated 'singing areas' for a couple of seasons now and stewarding seems to have been relaxed in those sections compared to other areas of the ground. Think I read not long ago that the higher ups encouraged the relaxed stewarding in both sections after seeing no problems.
That being said its still a surprise to see a Premier League club so openly back it. Only Villa prior had gone on record despite comments from executives at other clubs teasing their backing (Gold and Brady at West Ham said they were 'open' to the idea at the Olympic stadium, and some exec from Sunderland was on about supporting it in some way). At the end of the day the only calls being made are for small trials in certain sections of the ground and more discussion to be had regarding converting parts of a ground to rail seating and the costs involved.
Problem is its such a contentious topic that the likes of Politicians and Club Officials in general seem to be hesitant in openly admitting their support, instead generally to sitting on the fence and encouraging debate on the matter.
Apparently United have said the current design of parts of Old Trafford means it can't be converted into whatever model fans are proposing, and on that basis haven't backed it.