English Premier League football club Manchester United has today (Wednesday) confirmed it has received approval for a barrier seating trial to take place at Old Trafford, adding it is hoping to have the work completed in time for when fans return to the stadium.

The trial has been approved after United submitted a proposal to Trafford Council earlier in the year, following changes to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) and a subsequent feasibility study which was carried out by the club.

The approval from Trafford Council is an agreement in principle for the club to install around 1,500 barrier seats in the North East Quadrant, in sections N2401 and N2402.

Richard Arnold, Manchester United’s group managing director, said: “Our belief is that the introduction of barrier seats will enhance spectator safety in areas of the stadium where – as with other clubs – we have seen examples of persistent standing.

“It also allows us to future-proof the stadium in the event of any changes to the current all-seater stadium policy. If the trial is successful, we may consider further implementation of barrier seating in other parts of the stadium.”

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