League One Bristol City became the first club in the United Kingdom to install rail seats, proudly installed by Ferco Seating. We installed the 33 rail seats in two stands as part of the redevelopment of Ashton Gate.
The seats can be unlocked or locked, to create either a standing or seated area. In Germany, where rail seating is most popular, the seats are put up for league games, but lowered for European matches Standing is currently allowed in Leagues One and Two, but Championship grounds must be all-seater after a club have played in the second tier for three seasons. Some Football League clubs have backed calls for the introduction of standing areas and campaigners believe rail seats provide a safer alternative to 'old-style' terraces, which did little to stop the forward movement of fans. Rail seating is used at some of Germany's biggest grounds, including at Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion, which has a capacity of more than 80,000. They are also approved for use as seats by Uefa and Fifa.
Bristol City intend to install the new seating in two stands as part of the redevelopment of Ashton Gate.
In their support of the concept, the club have have installed a demonstration block for spectators to see how it may look if it were made legal.
It is in an area of the ground not currently used, but will give fans an idea of what the proposed new areas would look like.