Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed that following a vote by fans, we will now become the first club in the UK to install safe standing backed rail seats to an entire stand at the Molineux.
Shrewsbury Town became the first club in the Football League to install a section of rail seating the other year, as have Celtic up in Scotland and Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium was built with a similar section, but Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple confirmed at the end of season dinner on Tuesday evening that the entire Sir Jack Hayward Stand would now would be made safe standing friendly and in doing so, we become the first club to install a full rail seating section in an existing stadium.
Wolves will become the first @PremierLeague club to install barrier seating after 97% of South Bank season ticket holders said they would be in favour.
— Wolves (@Wolves) May 14, 2019
Quoted by Sky Sports, he explained.
“After consultation with South Bank season ticket holders and discussions at fans’ 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.”
Seats in the Stan Cullis quadrant will also be fitted with an independent barrier, with both options fully complying with the safety regulations as they stand. With a big push towards safe standing now with the Government dragging their heels, it’s a massive step and plenty of other clubs in the top two tiers of the game have already thrown their weight behind being open to such sections if there was a change in the law and there have been tweaks recently that now opens that up as an option.
So Wolves are leading the way here.
Reaction to the move was hugely popular on social media as you’d expect.