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SBD Global/May 21, 2013/Facilities

West Ham Chair Wants Standing Areas At Olympic Stadium When Club Moves In

EPL West Ham Co-Chair David Gold "has revealed he wants to introduce standing areas" when the club moves into London's Olympic Stadium, according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Gold claims he is certain so-called "safe standing" would eventually exist in the highest echelons of English football, despite it currently being against the law for clubs in the top two divisions not to have an all-seater ground. Gold said he hoped to introduce such an area into the Olympic Stadium “shortly” after West Ham relocates there in '16. Gold: "I’d be stunned if we don’t have some sort of safe-standing experiment soon. I think, in five years, we will see safe standing at football stadiums because, let’s face it, it’s not very expensive to install and it’s safe, very safe. In fact, it’s twice or three times safer than what we have at the moment" (TELEGRAPH, 5/20).
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