After a gap of 27 years, Premier League is going to test out the standing areas for the audience witnessing a football match. After the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 which claimed the lives of 97 Liverpool fans, Premier League outlawed the usage of standing areas in 1994 and all members of the audience had to sit down for viewing the match. Now the League is looking to test the safe standing areas where the audience can stand and enjoy the game. that have come as a result of improved infrastructure and improved safety measures. The Liverpool vs Chelsea game is slated for January 2.
I'm pleased to approve these five clubs as early adopters of licensed safe standing areas for the second half of the season. The time is now right to properly trial safe standing in the Premier League and EFL Championship ahead of a decision on a widespread roll-out. Safety is absolutely paramount and the SGSA is working hand-in-glove with the clubs on this. Fans deserve different options on how they can enjoy a live match and I will be watching the progress of these trials with interest.
Nigel Huddleston, Member of Parliament and Sports Minister, England