Hibernian consider following Celtic example with safe standing integration
Hibernian are considering following Celtic’s lead with the potential introduction of safe standing at Easter Road on the cards.
The Hoops became the first club in the United Kingdom to integrate the concept into their stadium. It’s proven to be a smash-hit too, with the Green Brigade helping to provide a real boost to the atmosphere.
Celtic made the move in 2016, with safe standing also a success in Germany too. Kilmarnock, meanwhile, were the second Scottish club to introduce it back in January. The Hoops have consistently been hailed by other club supporters around Britain for their bold but successful move [FSA].
And now, Hibs owner Ron Gordon has admitted that it could be on the cards at Easter Road too.
As quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News, the American businessman said: “We have that on the list, so the answer to that is yes [whether they’re open to standing section]. Ultimately the idea of developing a safe standing section should be part of our thinking. It’s the way people want to enjoy football, right?
“What we are trying to do here at Hibs is give people more of a complete package in terms of coming to the football game. It’s sports, I get it, but it is also entertainment, it’s a day out with your family, your mates, whatever, and we want to enrich that.
“Many, many people love going to football and standing, so we want to give them that. I think what we’re trying to do with ticketing, the kiosks, hospitality, which is what we’re looking at next, is give people more options so they can pick what they like.”
Hibernian seem ready to introduce safe-standing as Celtic lead the way again
The more stadiums in Scotland that introduce a safe standing section, the better. It’s a tremendous way to boost the atmosphere of the ground as Celtic have seen first hand.
However, perhaps more importantly, it boosts the experience of the everyday fan also. Many supporters want to be able to stand during football matches, something that isn’t allowed during games if you’re in regular seating.
It’s not just about atmospheric purposes. It heightens the experience for plenty of supporters too.
Even those who use regular seating would likely appreciate it too. After all, plenty of fans stand up whenever there’s an opportunity regardless. It lessens the experience for older supporters or those who struggle to spring out of their seat when a chance comes along.
There’s now a generally accepted view of course that this is a major plus to football. That it brings something positive to the supporter experience. So much so that several of English football’s biggest clubs have had rails eating installed too [BBC].
Hopefully Hibs do indeed move forward with this. Easter Road has a fantastic atmosphere when it’s packed. If they introduced a safe standing section, however? They could really get the place rocking.