Despite the conversion of almost all Football grounds to seating in recent years, many fans still prefer to stand when
given the choice. The Safe Standing campaign aims to bring about the re-introduction of standing areas to football
grounds to give supporters more choice, improve spectator safety, improve the atmosphere at grounds, and make football
more affordable for the ordinary supporters.
Safe standing areas are not the same as the terraces of the past. Modern safe standing areas have an advanced design that
ensures the safety of all spectators while still allowing supporters who prefer to stand during the game to exercise their
choice. The following picture shows a safe standing area at Werder Bremen in Germany.
The future of Swindon Town FC rests at least in part on either a redevelopment of the County Ground, or developing a new
stadium out of Town. The Supporters Trust believes it is important to address the issue of safe standing areas at an early
stage so that supporters' views can be taken into account when development plans are being prepared. To this end, the Trust
conducted a survey of Swindon supporters to find out their views on the introduction of safe standing areas. The results
are shown below.