The Common Sense Option
Many of you may know that the campaign for safe standing at grounds is hitting its stride recently, with over 10 clubs signing up for trial versions of the 'rail seating' method used in some places in Germany.
Why do 9/10 fans believe this should be introduced? Firstly, gathering vocal, mainly younger supporters in a single area of the ground, all standing, without doubt improves atmosphere. This was seen at the Maribor and Panathanaikos games through the 1882 movement (a separate topic but if you dont know about it I would reccommend you look it up and give it a go! Next game they're doing is the Coventry one in block 30) and is generally accepted as true (look at our away support).
If you don't think that atmosphere at a football match is a good thing then I don't really know what to do with you tbh... except to say that at our home games recently the atmosphere has been appalling from the very start, and look how good our home records been! Coincidence? People talk about making the Lane into a fortress again. Well, that starts with the fans. Why do Stoke have such an impressive home record and poor away one? Because the Britannia is one of the loudest and most intimidating home grounds in the league thats why!
My two main arguments centre around two things that anyone who goes to the Lane regularly will recognise as problems needing to be fixed: 1.Conflict with stewards. At a football match I want to stand and sing my heart out for the entire game and I know many people feel as I do. I get threatened with ejection from the Lane around every other game, depending on where I'm sitting and being treated like a criminal for simply wanting to show passion at a football match is, for me, ridiculous. The stewards in the Park Lane are only doing their job, but when stewards threaten you with ejection and criminal prosecution for simply standing up, things tend to get heated and resentment is created, sometimes outright abuse of stewards. A standing area dramatically reduces this tension and allows both stewards and vocal fans to have a more peaceful game.
2. Choice. This, for me, is the key point. I totally accept that some people do not want to stand and sing for an entire game, and that these people are inconvenienced or irritated by yobs like me who do. A standing area gives those that want to stand an area to do so and those that are inconvenienced by said standers the freedom to do as they will. I fail to see how this is not the common sense option!? Everyone is happy and watching a great game of football without any of the tension that is created at the Lane at the moment. There are other arguments such as cost. In Germany, where they have pioneered standing in the last 20 years, the average price of a ticket is 17 pounds.
In the kop stand at Dortmund where 25,000 people stand and create one of the best atmospheres in the world, I read recently that you get tickets there for around 10 pounds. I don't know about you, but I could sure do with football matches being that cheap!!! This is largely due to the standing areas, where tickets are cheaper. The stadiums get an increased capacity, so any cost is gained back through extra tickets sold. How does that not make sense???
Lastly, if you feel as I do, what can you do? Well, on a purely Spurs related basis you can email firstname.lastname@example.org sharing your thoughts to the club. If a major club like ours were to support safe standing trials it would be a massive victory for the campaign. Similarly you can sign the Fighting Cocks survey which they will send to the club. On a more general note go to the Football Supporters Federation website where you will find a safe standing petition and also a way to email your MP about the cause, which is being tabled in parliament at the moment. Happy to hear your opinions!
Written by Wiltshirespur