England: Shrews fans crowdfund for first safe standing section
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
No professional English club has one of these yet. Shrewsbury Town FC hope to be the first ones with safe standing section. And you can help them. We have!
If you're following our safe standing coverage, you surely know already that the subject is sizzling hot. On the one hand supporters are overwhelmingly in favour of safe standing and on the other authorities and clubs are still reluctant to even allow trials, like the successful one in Glasgow.
So while fans at concerts, rugby games and lower league football can safely stand, it's somehow still considered unsafe for Premier League and Championship supporters. Silly, we know...
There have been numerous announcements of clubs considering trials but to this day little has happened. Now Shrewsbury Town FC and their fans decided to make the difference. As a League One club they're able to have the safe standing section at New Meadow, though have to be ready to open up seats in that section if they get promoted.
STFC with their fans have launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to convert uppermost rows of New Meadow's south stand into a safe standing area. This should satisfy current demand for standing room and not obstruct views of anyone wishing to remain seated.
The goal is quite high at £75,000 (€83,000) but their campaign hasn't gone unnoticed. They've already got encouraging support from the Football Supporters Federation, English Football League CEO or... Borussia Dortmund.
As great as it sounds, the crucial support is financial. For the next 39 days you can donate to aid the cause. We have, now we're spreading the word and urge you to do the same! So far over £8,000 has been donated and if there's any surplus, the money will go to other safe standing campaigns.