Chelsea’s game at Stamford Bridge with Liverpool becomes the Premier League’s first match to permit safe standing. This is a historic day in English football.

  • The top two divisions’ stadiums used to be all-seater venues.
  • Since 1989’s Hillsborough Disaster (which occurred in 1989), this has been true
  • In the course of a pilot scheme, five UK sites will now have safe standing areas.
  • The first match of the trial is Chelsea’s match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge 

Chelsea’s Sunday match with Liverpool marks the beginning of a trial period in English football’s top two divisions.

Since 1989, supporters have been forbidden from standing in stadiums of the Premier League and the second-tier after the Hillsborough Disaster.

After approval by the Sports Ground Safety Authority, (SGSA), in November, Stamford Bridge now has safe standing areas in both the Matthew Harding stand’s lower tier and the Shed End’s upper and lower tiers.

Supporters standing ahead of Chelsea's match with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Chelsea fans standing before Liverpool match at Stamford Bridge. Sunday, February 8.

Allowing supporters to stand marks a momentous occasion in the Premier League era

Premier League supporters are allowed to stand is a significant moment in its history

However, Champions League matches will take place at the ground’s all-seater capacity.

In the UK, four clubs will test the scheme over the next few weeks.

Fans at three other Premier League venues will soon get the chance to stand during matches

The chance for Premier League fans at other venues to witness matches will be available soon.

Premier League teams Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham will each have their own designated areas. Cardiff City, on the other hand, will be able to stand in safe zones at its stadium in Championship.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will discuss the findings from the trial later in the year.

If things go well in the next few months, then there may be more standing area at stadiums next year.