The FSF is leading the Keep Scunthorpe Standing campaign at Scunthorpe United, which aims to retain the standing area at the club\'s Glanford Park stadium. The campaign is being launched at this weekend\'s home fixture with Ipswich Town, and will continue at Tuesday\'s game with Barnsley.
Under the existing rules, a club is allowed to retain standing areas in its ground for three seasons after being promoted to the Championship. 2010/11 is Scunthorpe\'s third season, and so before the beginning of next season the club must convert the stadium\'s North Stand to a seating area.
Glanford Park is already the Championship\'s smallest ground, with a total capacity of only 9,088. The redevelopment being enforced on the club would reduce this still further, losing more than 1,000 off the total capacity.
Keep Scunthorpe Standing aims to contest the rule. We\'re pointing out that not only are Scunthorpe being punished for their success in gaining promotion to and remaining in the Championship for three years, this mandatory redevelopment of the ground will seriously disadvantage fans. At many games last year the attendance reached above 8,000, meaning fans would be locked out of future games.
Supporters are being punished for the success of the team, while the club face being forced to waste money on a redevelopment that nobody wants, to a stadium in which they will be able to sell fewer tickets, rather than investing in the squad or other ways of improving the supporter experience.
There is precedent in allowing a standing area to remain - Cardiff were allowed to keep standing areas at Ninian Park for several seasons past the three year period as it would have drastically cut capacity. We\'re hoping to convince the authorities at the very least that the same exemption should be given to Scunthorpe.
Glanford Park\'s standing area is modern and safe, and complies with all of the latest government safety standards. League Two club Morecambe have just moved into a new stadium, which has standing areas very similar to those at Glanford Park. If this is acceptable for Morecambe in a new stadium, why is it not acceptable for Scunthorpe in theirs?
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