Wycombe Wanderers are the first club in the country to install the new 2020 seat, produced by Grand Stand Seating Systems Ltd in conjunction with Alderdale seating, which enables supporters to choose to stand or sit without having an obscured view of the pitch.
The structure has been fitted in Block J of the Origin Family Stand and consists of 68 elevated seats – including accessible options for disabled fans – ensuring that all supporters’ eye levels are the same regardless of whether they’re sitting or standing.
The 2020 seats are also set out in a theatre style, with off-set seat centres in alternate rows, which further improves fans’ views.
Although the structure is subject to approval with local authorities before being cleared for use by supporters, the 2020 seat has been cleared for installation in stadia throughout the country, with the Sports Ground Safety Authority confirming that it complies with the Government’s all-seated stadium policy.
Wanderers’ chairman Trevor Stroud said: “As a club we have been following the progress of safe standing initiatives in English football but this is an innovative new development which ensures both the comfort and safety of fans whether they choose to sit or stand, and we’re pleased to be the first club to have the 2020 seat installed at our stadium.
“Depending on the feedback from supporters and the authorities, it’s something we may look to roll out across other areas of Adams Park in the future, and we’d like to thank Grand Stand Seating Systems Ltd for working with us at the start of what could be an exciting project for them across the country and beyond.”
Michael Cunnah of Grand Stand Seating Ltd said: “We are delighted to be working with Wycombe Wanderers as they are a very forward-thinking and fan-focused club. The seats have been designed to eliminate the problems associated with persistent standing and to make everyone’s match day experience as good as it can be”.
The 2020 seat will not be available to the public for Saturday’s game against Shrewsbury Town but the club will keep supporters informed as to the progress of the structure’s approval by the authorities.