Work begins to intoduce Safe Standing into the Salop Leisure South Stand
Work has begun on making Shrewsbury Town Football Club the first club in England and Wales to install Safe Standing.
In 2017, £65,000 was raised for the Supporters’ Parliament-led initiative which will see 555 rail seats placed into the Salop Leisure South Stand.
The rail seats have been made by local company Ferco Seating and the fitters were at the stadium this morning to start the work, which is scheduled to take two weeks.
Town CEO Brian Caldwell has been involved with the process from the beginning and is delighted to see the installation begin.
“They were here at 7:30 this morning and they’ve started taking most of the seats out”, said Brian.
“The plan is for them to get most of the seats out today and then start working on installing the safe standing units, so it’s a nice sight to see them starting the work.
“It’s going to hopefully help the atmosphere going forward and I think you could see with the South Stand yesterday that the acoustics worked so well.
“Hopefully, having that big body of support behind the South Stand, cheering the team on, will help us in the long term as well.
“We were trending on Twitter yesterday and we have been trending before with Safe Standing, so it’s good for the town as well that we are putting Shrewsbury on the map.
“We’ve had unbelievable coverage for Safe Standing and what’s happened with West Brom recently has highlighted it and had everyone wanting to speak to us again about it.
“The fact that we are getting the Safe Standing units to be the first installed in England and Wales, starting today, is going to be huge and there will be media interest on the club again.”