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Bristol City latest to commit to rail seats as standing revolution continues

Bristol City are set to become the latest club to provide their supporters with standing accommodation after they unveiled plans to install just under 1,200 rail seats at Ashton Gate.

The Robins hope to have the 1,174 rail seats ready for the start of next season in three blocks of Ashton Gate’s south stand.

Pending approval from their Safety Advisory Group, Bristol City would become the first club in the Championship to have a large area of in-use rail seats. Brentford’s Griffin Park, which the Bees are leaving at the end of the current season, is the only other ground in the division to have purpose-built standing accommodation.

Bristol City chief executive Mark Ashton said demand for the standing area was likely to be high and encouraged supporters to get their applications in as soon as possible.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time as we enter the final few months of the season, however work has already begun on planning for 2020/21,” he said.

“We anticipate these changes to be very popular with supporters who are looking to renew in these blocks, so we would advise selecting your seats as soon as possible.”

Earlier this month, Manchester United confirmed that they had asked their local authority to approve a section of 1,500 rail seats at Old Trafford. If successful they will become the third Premier League club to provide rail seats or seats with barriers – following on from Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur.

Bristol City’s announcement follows on from a report released by the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) this month that shows standing options – such as rail seats and seats with barriers – have improved safety in the top flight.

The research is part of the Government’s commitment to reform the all-seater legislation, which it pledged in their manifesto before December’s general election.

SGSA inspectors will be visiting several grounds over the course of the season and will report back to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) with their findings.

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