Arsenal fans overwhelmingly support safe standing

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Earlier this year, the Arsenal Supporter’s Trust carried out a survey of Arsenal fans (not just its members), on the issue of safe standing in football stadia.

In conjunction with AISA, REDaction and the Black Scarf Movement, over 7,000 responses were collated, and the results show an overwhelming support for the idea of standing in football grounds.

Key findings include:

  • More than 96% of fans are in favour of safe standing at the football grounds.
  • Over three quarters (76%) of Arsenal fans surveyed said that they would want to utilise safe standing if it was available.
  • 85% of fans who said they would not use safe standing themselves were still in favour of
    there being safe standing areas in the ground.
  • Just over 2.5% of fans objected to any form of safe safe standing.

In terms of the club’s role in helping make safe standing a reality, 92% of respondents wanted Arsenal to champion the cause, and 94% suggested some form of safe standing trial should take place at the Emirates.

Some of the questions asked and the graphical representations of the responses follow.

Which most closely describes your opinion about standing at football

Which most closely describes your opinion about standing at football
Which most closely describes your opinion about standing at football

View on safe standing by age

View on safe standing by age
View on safe standing by age

How likely would you be to attend games if there were a safe standing area?

How likely would you be to attend games if there were a safe standing area?
How likely would you be to attend games if there were a safe standing area?

The full report as well as comments and responses can be downloaded from the website of the AST.

For extra reading on safe standing, its implementation, how it’s being used elsewhere, check out this column by Tim Stillman, while the BBC’s video on ‘rail seating’ at Celtic is worth a watch.

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