Safe standing, premium seating and more at Elland Road
Constructed in 1897, Elland Road is the home of Leeds United FC who compete in the top tiers of English football. The ground comprises of four main stands, with a combined a capacity of 37,890. As a result of its age, the club acknowledges that there is an on-going requirement for stadium maintenance and improvement.
Since the infamous Hillsborough disaster, standing in the top two English football divisions has been prohibited. Consequently, as a result of the Football Spectators Act 1989, following recommendations made in the Taylor Report. However, despite these laws, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority identified that many clubs had problems with persistent standing throughout matches.
In a recent general election manifesto, the government promised to work to develop plans to lift the ban and introduce safe standing areas.
In this project, Stadia by GL events strategically met the requirements of the club. Thus, ensuring that the installation had a positive impact on fan experience. However, it was also imperative that strict safety standards and criteria were adhered to, so as to exceed tests by all authorities responsible for stadium safety.
As a result, the 200 GL-R rail seats were installed in the designated standing area of the stadium, sited at the back of the Don Revie Stand. These seats were installed in such a way that means that fans who prefer to stand occupy the same space as those who prefer to sit. Thus, the risk of overcrowding is mitigated. The GL-R is also in compliance with Green Guide specifications.
Furthermore, in the John Charles Stand, Leeds United FC requested Stadia by GL events to install 48 premium GL-CLUB seats in the VIP area. The padded and counterbalanced seats we installed offer a high level of comfort and durability. In addition, GL-H coloured plastics were also supplied in blue, white, and black. Furthermore, our talented team were able to reproduce the club’s kit manufacturer’s logo, Adidas, within the stand.