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Premier League: Should they allow terraces?

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A return to terraced seating could work. (©GettyImages)
A return to terraced seating could work. (©GettyImages).

There is always high demand for the few terraced away games left in English football, this is because they offer a real sense of originality and bring the game closer to the fans.

I've experienced the atmosphere of sitting down at a football game and standing up at a football game, and can conclude that the support is more vocal and passionate when standing up.

This is because fans are not constricted and can jump about and express their emotions. So, with all the positives of terracing why aren't the FA budging and allowing it in the Premier League and Championship?

For a long time, terracing would remove seats from stadia and would therefore deter families from going to games because children would not be able to see over full grown adults.

But in the last few years a solution has been realised. It's called rail-seating. This is where fans will have the option to either stand up with a rail to lean on, or seat down on a plastic seat.

This invention may not seem so ground-breaking, but it's simplicity allows for the seating to be installed quickly and cheaply. The one drawback is that the FA are still not convinced of its safety.

Most of the anger for fans at away games is the inconsistency with stewards. Some clubs allow standing and don't attempt to stop fans doing what they want to, other clubs are forceful and will remove any fans who do not obey the rules.

This inconsistency has annoyed many fans because they go to games not knowing what their experience will be like, and most would like to know before spending £50 on match ticket, travel and food on a matchday.

By having rail-seating or terraces back in England, football fans of all ages will be able to enjoy football once again.

Finally, if rail-seating was introduced stadium capacities would be improved and more fans would be more likely to go as more tickets would be available. This would bring football to more people and would also be a statement to the footballing world proving that England has got rid of its hooliganism problems.

Terraces should be brought back to English football as they reduce stadium capacity, they would improve attendances, would keep all age groups happy as rail-seating is available and would increase customer satisfaction.

The only drawback to bringing back the terraces would be the memories of past hooliganism, something that only can time can heal. So, are we any closer to convincing the FA to allow safe-standing terraces back into our game?

 

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