Safe Standing Zone Research

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Lit Review The aim of this study is to research whether the major clubs in Scottish Football, such as Celtic’s fans would welcome the idea of ‘Safe Standing Zones’ and whether they should be implemented in the Scottish game at all levels. There has been widespread debate to introduce safe standing zones at premier league stadia in Scotland from outlets such as the media to the actual football clubs themselves. The study will look to move past the Taylor Report conducted in 1990 (Cox et al, 2002) after the Hillsborough disaster which had previously condemned standing zones in some countries of the UK and called for a change in stadia structure (Thompson, 1998) and (Robinson, 2010) who also states this. Also, this study will progress to examine…show more content…
Firstly, this can be found where most information relating to football hooliganism in terraces is more backdated and relates more to the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Although all seater stadiums are more common in Scotland’s top leagues now and football hooliganism is not as rife, there is still a lack of information from the years of the 2000’s. Also the gap in research knowledge would be more to look at if fans want to bring back safe standing zones in Scotland where there is less information on this. In 1991, there was a journal made by (Smart and Goddard, 1991) that showed people from the more young working class of Scotland would prefer to be situated in a standing zone within the terrace which would be the more cheaper option compared to the seating areas which are more popular within the other more high class working groups. This information here shows that in Scotland in the start of the 90’s, people with less money were more likely to choose the cheaper option of standing in the terraces instead of the more expensive option of seating. Moreover onto the 2000’s, it was reported by (Burdsey, 2011) that many clubs in the UK had applied for a ‘Safe Standing Zone’ and in Scotland it was Celtic Football Club that had actioned for it more than any other major…show more content…
As already mentioned, if clubs go down the German route such as the ‘Kombi’ at where it is practical for many competitions, such as the bigger stadiums like Rangers’ Ibrox Stadium and Celtic’s Celtic Park could be able to accommodate such zones due to the size of each clubs fan base and stadia (Football Friends Media,
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