Spurs reveal which area of the new stadium was first to sell out and why

first_img An image from tottenhamhotspur.com showing the new designs 2 2 “The Club is proposing a purpose-designed ‘safe seating’ concept whereby safety and spectator comfort are given equal precedence, using the same moulded seats as in the rest of the general admission areas.“These seats provide the same comfort and leg room as in all other areas of the stadium, with an ergonomically profiled bar set at 900mm for clear sightlines.The seat in its folded position is slim, allowing the stepping clearway to be maximised, with a purpose-designed lock to ensure the seat can be stowed when required.“Furthermore, the Club has made its Season Ticket Holders aware of the potential for safe standing when purchasing seats within the future-proofed areas.”Clubs in English football’s top two tiers have had to be all-seater by law ever since the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that left 96 Liverpool fans dead.Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “As a Club, we did not engage on this until the Hillsborough Inquiry was concluded, which showed that the tragedy in April 1989 had not been caused by standing.“We then conducted research with our fan base which showed overwhelming support for safe standing. The main reasons given were choice and atmosphere – fans cannot sing sitting down.“So, at our new stadium, we have designed a section within the home area and within the away section that has an integrated safety bar with the normal seating. Fans have bought season tickets for the home area in the knowledge that, should the law change, this would be our standing area – it was one of the first areas to sell out.“Importantly, it is a new design which incorporates the same appearance and comfort as all other seats within the stadium.“In the meantime, without any change in the law, our design delivers a safer environment should there be persistent standing.”While rail seating has been used in both Scotland and Germany, Spurs say they have created a “different, improved design that doesn’t compromise comfort.”center_img Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled designs of seating areas future-proofed for safe standing within its new stadium, which is set to open next season.The 62,000-seater ground will open just after the 2018/19 campaign begins, with the first game in the new place being against Liverpool.The campaign to introduce safe standing has been gathering momentum and the issue is being discussed in Parliament on whether all clubs, regardless of the division they play in, should have the ability to offer fans the choice in terms of whether to sit or stand while they watch their side play.“Areas at the front of the stadium’s new 17,500 capacity single-tier South Stand, as well as in the visiting supporters’ section, have been future-proofed for safe standing – both are areas where the Club had issues with persistent standing when at its former White Hart Lane home,” a statement on tottenhamhotspur.com read. Celtic Park uses rail seating during domestic gameslast_img