Banner image

Update On Safe Standing

Following our pioneering trial of a small section of rail seating at Ashton Gate the subject of safe standing has been firmly put on the Football League’s agenda. At a meeting earlier this year most of the Football League’s 72 clubs voted for safe standing areas to be introduced.

Right from the outset in our plans to rebuild Ashton Gate we have tried to find a way to bring safe standing to the stadium. Since we helped drive that agenda in the second half of 2013 and into 2014, we have followed with great interest the recent discussions on the subject.

In August, the Liberal Democrats called for a change in the law to allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing. Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey stated: “The first logical step would be for safe standing products, such as rail seating, to be licensed for use by the relevant authorities. This would enable one of the 21 Football League clubs that is not currently required by law to have an all-seater stadium to install a pilot scheme at its ground.”

Martin Griffiths, chairman of Bristol Sport, said: “While we understand that this is the next logical step in the campaign, it is clear Ashton Gate does not comply with the above criteria to be one of the “tester stadia”. There is nothing that we can do about that. We are required to comply with the current law to provide an all-seater stadium.

“It is frustrating, but does not mean we are giving up on safe standing coming to the stadium. It does mean, however, that we will be unable to install rail seating right from the first opening of the redeveloped stadium as we need to start placing orders for all the components of both the new South and Dolman stands very shortly. We have designed these areas to facilitate a retrofit of rail seating if and when the law changes. So for now, we need to keep the stadium build programme on time, while allowing for a retrofit once we get the green light from the relevant authorities.”

Bristol Sport would like to thank in particular the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust and Bristol Rugby Supporters who have worked closely with us on this and their expertise 

Latest News

🎥 Lansdown salutes supporters

🎥 Lansdown salutes supporters

Posted: Friday, June 24th 2022

🪶 The Robin has landed

🪶 The Robin has landed

Posted: Friday, June 24th 2022

📸 GALLERY: 'The Robin' kit

📸 GALLERY: 'The Robin' kit

Posted: Friday, June 24th 2022

🌟 5 years of Primary Stars

🌟 5 years of Primary Stars

Posted: Friday, June 24th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

Elton John Sunday Concert: Latest Travel Information
Stadium icon

Elton John Sunday Concert: Latest Travel Information

With just a few days to go until Elton John plays at Ashton Gate, concert-goers are urged to take advantage of special event Shuttle Buses laid on to help get fans to and from the stadium.

Posted: Friday, June 24th 2022 • Stadium

Turner debuts as Junior Boks overpower England U20
Rugby icon

Turner debuts as Junior Boks overpower England U20

Andrew Turner made his England U20 debut as Alan Dickens' side were beaten 22-30 by South Africa U20 in their Six Nations Summer Series opener in Verona.

Posted: Friday, June 24th 2022 • Rugby

Xledger cyclists raise £3,500 for Community Foundation
Rugby icon

Xledger cyclists raise £3,500 for Community Foundation

A team of riders from Xledger have raised £3,500 for the Community Foundation by cycling more than 350 miles in just five days.

Posted: Friday, June 24th 2022 • Rugby

Bears' Allianz Cup opponents confirmed
Rugby icon

Bears' Allianz Cup opponents confirmed

Bristol Bears will face Saracens, Loughborough Lightning, Wasps and Sale Sharks in Pool A of the 2022/23 Allianz Cup.

Posted: Thursday, June 23rd 2022 • Rugby

Turner set for England U20 debut against South Africa
Rugby icon

Turner set for England U20 debut against South Africa

Andrew Turner has named in the England U20 squad to face South Africa in the opening round of the Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series in Italy.

Posted: Thursday, June 23rd 2022 • Rugby