Peterborough United back safe standing
By Tony Scholes
Updated Thursday, 2nd August 2012
Peterborough United will, for the 2012/13 season, have standing accommodation at London Road for their home games, but should they remain in the Championship next season that will change.
Under current rules a club is permitted three seasons once they have been promoted to the Championship and this coming season will be Peterborough's third in total having previously had a season in this league in 2009/10.
That's led to their chief executive Bob Symns backing the Football Supporters' Federation's Safe Standing Campaign and has said that should the football authorities allow it he would be happy for their London Road ground to be used to trial safe standing areas.
During the close season, Symns travelled to Hannover in Germany to visit Bundesliga club Hannover 96. "The object of the visit was to see firsthand the 'rail seat' system which is used extensively throughout Germany where supporters have the choice of whether to sit or stand," he said.
"The trip confirmed all my initial understanding of the rail seat potential, our existing terraces are safe and well managed, but as of the summer (2013) they will be deemed unsafe. That's unless, heaven forbid, we went down, in which case they would bizarrely be deemed still safe to use.
"Having seen a new option in Hannover, I am convinced that a safe standing area fitted with rail seats would be even safer still and I cannot see any logical reason why we should not be allowed to build a new London Road End incorporating such an area.
"I therefore fully support the FSF's Safe Standing Campaign and hope that together we can persuade the powers that be to look seriously at the rail seat option. If they wanted to use London Road as a pilot site, we'd be more than happy to oblige."
Peterborough, therefore join Aston Villa and Derby representatives in voicing support for the potential re-introduction of safe standing areas.
During the visit to Hannover, Peterborough paid for their mascot to go over and he was involved in the filming of a promotional video promoting safe standing which you can be seen below.