Chairman would like safe standing in new stadium
Peter Swann, the Scunthorpe United chairman, said he would include terrace areas in the club’s proposed new stadium if Football League regulations allow it.
Responding to a question put to him by the Iron Trust at the club’s annual general meeting of shareholders, which took place on Monday December 16 at Glanford Park, Mr Swann said the only reason the initial plans are all-seater are due to concerns about having to install seats in the future should the club return to the Championship.
Currently clubs are not allowed to keep terraces beyond three seasons if they win promotion to the top two flights of English football, and as the Iron have spent three campaigns in the Championship would face the prospect of closing any terrace or paying to convert it to a seating stand.
“We have been told we can’t, but if the Championship allow us to put one in we will. I’ve got no problem with it. I’ve got nothing against it,” said Mr Swann.
“What we’ve got to do is move to a Championship standard and FA standard ground. There’s no point moving to something we’ve then got to put seats into.
“If the Championship turn round and say we can have a standing area in that stadium, then we will have a standing area. I’m up for it. We only had 500 seats at Gainsborough. I love standing areas.”
Thousands of people signed the Keep Scunthorpe Standing petition in 2010 arguing that the terrace at Glanford Park should be allowed to remain, and the vast majority of feedback the Iron Trust has received concerning the stadium plans are requesting a terrace.
One option which was suggested – and the chairman said he was aware of – is rail seating, commonly used at top Bundesliga clubs, where the seating is used for games where the stadium has to be all-seater.
This would allow the Iron to maintain an option for fans who wish to stand, while also having seats ready should the team secure promotion back to the Championship.