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Manchester United to Trial Barrier Seats at Old Trafford

Manchester United have announced that the club has been given the go ahead to trial 1,500 barrier seats.

The seats, or rail standing, at the club’s Old Trafford stadium, will be allocated in the North East Quadrant section.

Trafford council has approved of the plan.

United submitted the proposal for barrier seats, after the Sports Grounds Safety Authority permitted rail seating.

The changes to the guidelines by the organisation were rubber stamped in 2018.

United May Consider More Barrier Seats

United’s managing director Richard Arnold has said that more barrier seats could be considered in the future.

But only if the trial is successful.

Arnold explained that the trial could protect Old Trafford from changes to the Premier League’s all seater stadium policy.

The move towards barrier seating, also came after consultations with the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust.

Improving Old Trafford Atmosphere

Its not the first that that United have tried to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford in recent years.

A singing section was introduced at the club’s iconic Stretford End.

In February, a season ticket initiative was introduced to expand the singing section.

This will be in place for the 2020/21 season.

United Follow Wolves and Tottenham

Wolves announced plans last summer to install rail seating.

And Tottenham’s new £1 billion White Hart Lane includes two sections of rail seating.

Overall 6,000 are in place in the new stadium’s South Stand, with a further 1,500 allocated for away supporters.

Celtic were the first to use rail standing in the UK.

Opening its safe terracing section in 2016.

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