After the Hillsborough disaster, various safety recommendations were made by the Taylor Report. One measure was the introduction of all seater stadiums replacing the standing areas that were known as terraces. In 1994 all seater stadiums were made compulsory in English football. This did not go down well with those fans that had stood to watch their team for many years.
Football grounds have a unique atmosphere that is not found in other sporting venues. Supporters will sing songs and chants as loudly as they can in an attempt to encourage their team and spur them on to better performance and results. The main criticism regarding the introduction of all seater stadiums are the effect they have on the atmosphere inside the ground.
The football match was used as a meeting place for many groups of supporters. When fans stood on the terraces they were free to stand where they liked and could move around to different parts of the ground. This is no longer possible with the advent of all seater stadiums and means that you have to sit in the relevant seat number which is displayed on your match ticket.
All seater stadiums have also toned down goal celebrations by the fans. In the past when your team scored a goal supporters would jump up and down for approximately 1 minute in a delirious manner. This was their way of expressing the joy and euphoria they felt at seeing the team score.
Some fans who are opposed to compulsory seating refuse to comply with the rule and stand anyway. This causes conflict with stewards and police who make an attempt to enforce the no standing rule. If people do stand up in all seater stadiums, it restricts the view of people behind causing them to stand also.
There have been calls for the return of standing areas inside football grounds. Providing that safety concerns are addressed there is no reason why a small part of the stadium cannot be set aside for those fans that prefer to stand when watching their team. This move would be very popular with a huge demand for tickets. Standing areas would be sold out quickly compared to other parts of the ground as fans embraced a return to how they used to watch the game.
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