Chelsea Football Club can confirm licensed safe standing will be in operation in areas of Stamford Bridge for our home match against Liverpool on Sunday 2 January.
The areas for safe standing are the Matthew Harding Stand lower tier and Shed End upper and lower tiers where rail seating has already been installed, with the match beginning a trial period also involving the home stadiums of Cardiff City, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
The approval by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) and the Sports Minister for Chelsea to be an early adopter of licensed safe standing was announced in November.
For the Liverpool game and subsequent trial games, all supporters with tickets in the safe standing areas are allocated a seat as usual but now have the option of standing during the game at their allocated seat.
Should they wish to they can remain seated but they must be aware that surrounding fans may stand and there is no dedicated area only for those who wish to sit.
The trial does not extend to Champions League games. Rail seating will operate as previously this season for matches in that competition.
A code of conduct is in place for those in safe standing areas and it can be download here
The introduction of licensed standing areas is based on evidence of a safety risk for fans who persistently stand in seated areas. In addition, many fans want the choice to stand and, with the advent of new engineering solutions, the SGSA’s research has shown this can be managed safely.
The early adopters will be evaluated through independent research and the findings, anticipated in the second half of the season, will inform subsequent SGSA advice to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) about the potential wider roll out of licensed standing from the start of next season. It should be noted that standing in any other areas of the stadium is not permitted.
Click here for updated information for supporters attending our home matches, released last week following the Government’s announcement regarding new Covid rules.