AFC Bournemouth

Safe standing installation


Founded in 1899 as Boscombe St. John’s Institute FC, the club later adopted the name AFC Bournemouth to streamline and modernise its identity, giving it a more continental feel. This change also strategically positioned the club at the top of the alphabetical list of English Football League teams. AFC Bournemouth became a member of the Football League in 1923.

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As part of its ongoing efforts to optimise the fan experience at home games. AFC Bournemouth aimed to boost its electric atmosphere further by implementing safe standing to its infrastructure whilst aligning with the Sports Ground Safety Authority regulations.

Looking to gain the edge during the Premier League season, AFC Bournemouth decided to install the GL-B independent rail during a fixture break. Stadia by GL events were set to complete the work within a strict two-week deadline before one of their biggest games of the season against Manchester City FC.

Safe standing Installation

To achieve this, the club enlisted the expertise of Stadia by GL Events to retrofit a GL-B independent barrier. This solution allowed for seamless integration with the existing seating structure. Thus, enabling fans to maintain their sentimental connection to the old seats while standing during the most exhilarating moments of the game.

The rapid installation also eliminated the need to replace the current seating, making it the perfect solution for AFC Bournemouth to meet their tight deadline during the season.

With the installation completed in just 1.5 weeks. AFC Bournemouth were able to host their highly anticipated game against the league winners, Man City, without any issues.

It’s all about the relationship

From enquiry to project completion, Stadia by GL events ensured a strong line of communication with the stadium operations team, working alongside them to ensure a smooth and easy installation.

Having developed a close working relationship with the club through the initial enquiry phase, they were able to anticipate and address any potential challenges, ultimately delivering a successful project that met all expectations.

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“This offering gives football clubs the option to keep their existing seating layout whilst implementing a safe standing zone for fans from home and away…We were happy to be installing yet another GL-B independent rail to a prestigious premier league stadium”

Simon WakeStadia Business Development Manager - Stadia by GL events


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