I am one of the Arsenal supporters that can remember clearly the days when nearly every fan was standing all the way through every game at Highbury. It certainly made for a better atmosphere with a massive crowd chanting together.
Those days may have been gone for some time, but now Ivan Gazidis has seen Aston Villa ask for permission to introduce a Safe Standing Area at Villa Park, and is keen to do the same thing at Arsenal.
The Chief Executive said: “It is something that I have always been open to. The more I learn about it; viscerally it is something that I find attractive because it gives fans, a certain group of fans who like to stand who create the atmosphere, another way to be in our stadium.”
He continued: “Why would you be against that, if you can do it safely? There are some issues, but it is not something I am close minded to and I am prepared to explore it.”
From what I hear it simply means putting in flip-up seats instead of fixed ones as well as a safe handrail in front of each space, but another reason that Gazidis would be keen is that it would nearly double the capacity for the areas used (1.8x in fact, according to German plans)
Who thinks that this would be a good thing for Arsenal supporters?