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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Shrewsbury Plan to 'Pave the Way' for Safe Standing

Shrewsbury Town
If approved, the safe standing section will be installed in the Salop Leisure Stand. Pic: Matt Churchill
League One side Shrewsbury Town are the first club in England to apply to use safe standing, with their Chief Executive hoping other clubs will follow suit.

Should Salop have their approach approved by the Sports Ground Safety Authority, they hope to have a capacity of 'around 500' installed in the Salop Leisure Stand before the end of 2017/18.

The venture is expected to cost somewhere between £50,000-£75,000, which the club hope to raise through crowd-funding.

Shrews Chief Executive, Brian Caldwell, said: "As a Scot, I am very familiar with the great success that Celtic have had with their rail seating section. 

"Our Safety Officer has also visited Celtic Park recently and is all for it. We see it as an enhancement in spectator safety and a welcome provision of supporter choice. 

"We hope, too, that by pioneering the use of rail seating in the EFL, we will be playing a useful part in paving the way for other clubs in England and Wales to follow suit in due course."

Shrewbury's 10,000 capacity all-seater stadium was opened in 2007 after moving from Gay Meadow.

The final FA Cup game to be played at the stadium was first round tie against Hereford United - a 0-0 draw in November 2006. The Bulls went onto win the replay 2-0.