Kilmarnock have become only the second club in Scotland to introduce safe standing to their home ground.
The Ayrshire outfit announced today via their official website that plans are in place to introduce the new project to Rugby Park. This comes three years after Celtic became the first club in the UK to introduce it to football.
Wolves also followed in Celtic’s lead just last month (BBC). They became the first English club to announce plans to introduce safe standing rail seats to their ground too. Celtic, meanwhile, have been visited by supporters of clubs such as Liverpool (BBC). The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, meanwhile, also used us as an example of how safe standing can work correctly (Daily Record).
And today, Kilmarnock have made the big move to introduce their own version to Scotland. Speaking on their official website, Director Cathy Jamieson said the following:
“We have been looking at the option to install safe standing areas for the past few months and after much research, we are delighted to announce that we have agreed on an installation schedule and will be able to offer this very soon.
“Our supporters have been paramount to the process and as the first provincial Club in Scotland that will be able to offer this to fans, we really look forward to seeing the project to completion.
“Funded by Trust in Killie, a supporter lead organisation, we expect demand for this new area in the East Stand to be high and look forward to improving the matchday experience for our fans in the grounds where comradery will further enhance the matchday atmosphere.”
Celtic can look on with pride
Kilmarnock also namedropped Celtic on their official website, crediting us with introducing it to Scottish football. And the move will be a further boost to the atmosphere inside Rugby Park too.
Kilmarnock appear to be striking while the iron is hot among supporters. Having just qualified for Europe but with the negative of Steve Clarke having departed, this is a good move to improve supporter morale once again.
The Ayrshire side look like making a good fist of the Europa League qualifiers this year. A new manager has yet to be named at Rugby Park. Whoever he is, however, he’ll be walking into a club on the rise.
For every club that introduces safe standing to Britain, Celtic can look on with pride. The Hoops were the original pioneers for it, and credit to Kilmarnock for looking to improve their own fans’ experience.
Hopefully, even more provincial clubs in Scotland will be able to find the funding for safe standing in due course. Supporter-led organisation Trust in Killie have helped fund this move for Kilmarnock.
It’s another small boost for fan atmosphere in our country.