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FA officials discuss turning nearly 40,000 seats into safe standing at Wembley Stadium

Safe standing at Wembley Stadium could soon be a big thing, as FA officials are discussing adapting all 39,165 seats in the top tier in a bid to increase the atmosphere.

The FA have said that plans for safe standing are not currently in place, but the Daily Mail insist that officials are exploring are looking the possible introduction of rail seating.

Rail seating in top tier to boost Wembley atmosphere

Allowing fans to safely stand on level five of Wembley Stadium is a possible move by the FA aimed at creating a better atmosphere inside the 90,000-capacity ground.

Level five seats are often the last to sell out for England Men’s and Women’s matches, but a change to safe standing in the top tier might make the seats more desirable for fans.

There are small, safe standing areas in the ‘home’ and ‘away’ sections of Wembley Stadium, which are both located behind the goals. In both sections, there are 867 tickets for safe standing. This was officially introduced at the stadium for the Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle United on February 26, 2023.

Safe standing at Wembley

Keegan also disclosed that “insiders have disclosed that such a move, would be complicated given the stadium also operates as a music venue.”

To carry through with rail seating in the entire level five of Wembley Stadium would require approval from various authorities.

Safe standing in the Premier League

Safe standing in English ground was approved by the Government in July 2022, in time for the beginning of the 2022/23 season.

Eleven Premier League clubs have already implemented rail seating at their home grounds.

These clubs include:

  • Manchester United
  • Liverpool
  • Chelsea
  • Manchester City
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Newcastle United
  • Luton Town
  • Brentford
  • Bournemouth
  • Aston Villa

Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes,, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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