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Dons debate safe standing at Kingsford stadium

An artist's impression of Kingsford Stadium
An artist's impression of Kingsford Stadium

Aberdeen fans’ group Dons Supporters Together (DST) has sparked further conversation about rail seating, known as safe standing, at the new stadium.

A total capacity for standing spaces in the stadium would be in the region of 2,300, which equates to 11.5% of its total capacity of 20,000. This would leave 17,700 seats available for those that prefer to sit.

Impressions of the safe standing in a full corner, estimated to hold approximately 600 supporters.

Using a corner and the rear half of the end behind the goal means that the sight lines for those sitting are not affected. There could also be an option of an entire end of the ground, behind the goal, which would house approximately 3,500 fans.

Kevin Mackenzie, DST Chairman, said: “When we conducted a survey in relation to Kingsford Stadium, 70% of fans said they were in favour of safe standing areas being included as part of the stadium design and 52% of fans said they would use such an area.

Impressions of the safe standing behind a goal, estimated at approximately 1,700 supporters.

“We believe the interest in safe standing may very well justify an entire stand behind the goal, as is traditional in mainland Europe.”

He added: “At Pittodrie, Aberdeen were pioneers in British football as the first ground with dugouts and it being the first large, all-seater stadium.

“Aberdeen moved with the times then and if they do so now and consider a full stand of rail seating behind a goal at the new stadium it could be the envy of British football.

Stadium designer, Mateusz Cegielski shows impressions of the safe standing.

“It is vital the club survey the fans to accurately assess the demand for standing, and we will ask they do so.”

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