Forest to kick-off safe standing for next season

Nottingham Forest have announced plans to introduce sections of safe standing in The City Ground, with work set to start over summer in time for the start of the 2024/25 season.

Forest say the introduction of safe standing areas will provide supporters with the choice to stand during matches, fostering the famous atmosphere and passion of The City Ground support.

The plans will include around 2,300 safe standing spaces for home supporters in the Upper Bridgford Stand, Blocks U1 and U2, and Lower Bridgford Stand Block Z. Safe standing for away supporters will be located in the Lower Bridgford Stand Block W.

Forest say the topic was raised at the latest meeting of the recently-formed Fan Advisory Board, with the Club and fan groups, including Forza Garibaldi, presenting their views on the subject and discussing the merits of its introduction.

Nottingham Forest chairman Tom Cartledge said: “By embracing safe standing, the club aims to not only to tackle the issue of persistent standing which has presented the Club with serious safety concerns in recent years, but also to enhance the stadium environment to celebrate the passionate support and dedication of our fans.

“This initiative underscores our dedication to providing the best possible match day experience for our fans whilst prioritising their safety and comfort. Safe standing represents an exciting development for Nottingham Forest, and we look forward to its introduction next season.”