Wolverhampton Wanderers to introduce rail seats in entire stand at Molineux in time for next Premier League season

Wolves will install rail seats in one of their stands at Molineux in time for the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Work will begin in the summer on installing the seats in the Sir Jack Hayward Stand making it ready to be operated in future as a safe standing area.

Safe standing is currently not permitted in the top two tiers of English football.

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Molineux will have rail seats installed in one of its stands
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Wolves will be the firsts club to install these rail seats in an existing stadium with Tottenham’s new stadium being built with a similar solution.

Managing director Laurie Dalrymple said on the club website: “After consultation with South Bank season ticket holders and discussions at fan’s parliament, we are delighted to be in a position to confirm that barrier seating will be installed at Molineux this summer.”

“In April, we sent all supporters who have a season ticket in the South Bank a survey asking them a number of questions about their matchday habits, including whether or not they would be in favour of barrier seating in the stand. An overwhelming majority of 97 per cent told us they would be in favour of the change.

“For some time, we have been working very closely with the Sports Ground Safety Authority and our Safety Advisory Group to evaluate our options, and the results of this survey meant we were happy to move forwards with the work this summer, with no negative implications to the capacity of either stand.

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The safe standing section at Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium

“It is important to stress that these will not be safe-standing areas, and we will continue to have a management plan in place to ensure compliance with the government’s all-seater policy. The Sports Ground Safety Authority will be closely monitoring Molineux and particularly any new seating arrangements to ensure our continued compliance with the licence conditions.

“Of course, Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium was built with a similar solution already installed, but Wolves will become the first club to install rail seating in an existing stadium, and I think that is something we should be very proud of.”

Shrewsbury Town and Celtic have already incorporated similar examples of rail seats into their stadiums as their leagues allow safe standing.

Wolves’ plan has been approved by the local safety advisory group as well as Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, safe-standing campaigner Jon Darch said: “Managing director Laurie Dalrymple and head of operations Steve Sutton deserve huge credit for deciding to put in rail seats to enhance spectator safety on the south bank.

“Having recently seen the seats of this type at Spurs, I look forward to seeing what they will look like at Molineux.”

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