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Safe Standing To Be Trialed On Saturday

3 April 2015

THE Mariners will be trialling Safe Standing at Saturday's game against Gateshead at Blundell Park.

This trailblazing move is set to make the Mariners the very first club in the UK with rail seating in operation as a safe standing area. 

The only other rail seat installations in the UK to date are a small block of 33 at Bristol City's Ashton Gate, which legislation prohibits the club from using in any form as spectator accommodation for football matches, and 3 being used as seats by club staff at Peterborough United.

Following discussions with the Mariners Trust, the club have also earmarked the far right corner of the Pontoon stand as ideal for a dedicated standing area.

The Bundesliga style safe standing area, which will be trialed at Saturday's game, will have standing room for just four people and will be situated on the Imperial Corner area of the stadium. 

Speaking of the move, stadium manager Nick Dale said: "It is something that will be here for the one match, but it is something that we are looking at as a long term solution. Whether it is a form of the old style terracing or the railed seating, that is yet to be determined."

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