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NEWS: Safe Standing to be introduced for 2024/25 season

10 May 2024

Club News

NEWS: Safe Standing to be introduced for 2024/25 season

10 May 2024

Coventry City will be introducing Safe Standing from the 2024/25 season!

Following a consultation process, feedback and a successful trial, safe standing will be installed for the upcoming 2024/25 EFL Championship season resulting in 2,732 seats being converted into safe standing areas.

These areas will be:

  • Block 6 – Rows AA to XX (Away Supporters)
  • Block 7 – Rows AA to XX (Away Supporters)
  • Block 11 – Rows AA to XX
  • Block 12 – Rows AA to XX
  • Block 13 – Rows AA to XX
  • Block 14 – Rows AA to XX

In safe standing areas, each fan has their own specific ticketed standing space and seat, with individual rows separated by barriers to prevent falling when fans are stood up.

Supporters currently located in these areas will have their safe standing seats reserved in line with the general seat reservation period for other supporters, which will be published alongside the 24/25 Season Ticket information in due course.

Those supporters in these areas who may not wish to be in a safe standing area will be able to move their seat to other available seats.

The safe standing solution has been trialled at the Coventry Building Society Arena for games in recent weeks and has proved successful. Safe standing has been introduced at a number of other stadiums in recent years since it was licensed ahead of the 2022/23 season. 

Coventry City Football Club has been working closely with Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry City Council and the Sports Ground Safety Authority for over 12 months to introduce this at the Arena, and we would like to thank all those involved for their hard work and co-operation.

Earlier this year the Sky Blues sent a survey to supporters to gauge their views on safe standing, including their preferred location in the Arena for this to be introduced.  Over 80% of supporters who completed the survey supported the introduction of safe standing within the stadium with over 70% stating the preferred location for installation being Singers Corner.

John Taylor, Chief Operating Officer at Coventry City, said:

“I would like to thank all supporters who engaged with the club survey earlier this year as this provided valuable feedback to the club on this subject matter.  The Club has looked to balance supporter safety regarding persistent standing while also looking to enhance the matchday experience for the Sky Blue Army.”

Paul Michael, Managing Director at Coventry Building Society Arena, said:

“The successful trial run in partnership with the club has proved that standing can be managed safely in designated areas and bring a positive boost to the matchday experience for fans who would prefer to stand during the match.

“We’re confident creating safe standing areas will contribute to maintaining the incredible atmosphere generated by Sky Blues fans at Coventry Building Society Arena which has been a real feature on matchdays in recent years, especially over the past season.”

The installation will commence during the summer and will be completed ahead of the start of the 24/25 campaign.

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