Ambitious Villa hope to open safe-standing area for 2013/14 season
Aston Villa have launched plans to open a safe-standing area at their Villa Park ground.
The club hope to put forward their proposal at a meeting of the Premier League later this season.
But even if their bold proposal was given the green light, Villa would require a change in law to open the stand.
Pioneers: Aston Villa could introduce a safe-standing area
Chief executive Paul Faulkner has provisionally earmarked the corner of Villa Park, where the Holte End meets the Trinity Road stand, for a test area, according to the Birmingham Mail.
But even if they are given the go-ahead, it would be the 2013/14 season at least before the stand was open.
Villa have held discussions with the Football Supporters’ Federation and Faulkner floated the idea to the club’s fans for the first time before Saturday’s draw with Everton at Villa Park.
Precedent: Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund have standing areas
Villa are examining the introduction of ‘rail seats’, which have been used effectively at German club Borussia Dortmund and across Europe.
These are flip-up seats which are UEFA compliant and can accommodate seated supporters during designated all-seater matches or be stowed away to create a standing area at other times.
The Scottish Premier League last month gave its clubs permission to have safe-standing areas within their stadiums.