By Mike Keegan For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 3 December 2020 | Updated: 07:11 GMT, 4 December 2020
Manchester United are to trial safe standing at Old Trafford.
In a historic move, the club will install 1,500 rail seats early next year as part of an initial trial.
United have been well aware of fan support for safe standing for some time and carried out a ‘detailed and comprehensive study’ into the matter last year.
Manchester United have been given the green light to trial safe standing at Old Trafford
The Premier League giants will install 1,500 rail seats (pictured) to be used in the new year
Rail seats are essentially seats with built-in safety barriers to allow safe standing.
Each metal seat is incorporated within a robust metal frame that forms a waist-high rail for the spectators in the row behind. These seat frames are installed on a permanent basis with the same spacing as standard seats. The frames interlock to form a continuous high-strength rail along the full length of each row.
The seats can be locked to allow for standing fans between rows of the waist-high rails and be unlocked to convert the area to all-seater configuration.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
They are widely used across Europe with almost half of clubs in the Bundesliga using rail seats, including Borussia Dortmund.
In the Premier Division, all-seater stadiums have been compulsory since the start of the 1994-95 season as a result of the Taylor Report, which gave recommendations to improve stadium safety after the Hillsborough disaster.
In July 2016, Celtic formally unveiled their new 2,600 capacity rail seating area within