Standing facilities in stadiums: UEFA launches a test
The initiative following a Politecnico study
Through a study commissioned by UEFA and developed by a research group co-ordinated by Prof. Emilio Faroldi, the Politecnico di Milano examined how standing facilities are managed within professional football in Europe.
As a consequence, UEFA itself launched the 'Standing Facilities Observer 2022/23' programme, to analyse the use of such facilities in domestic as well as international club competition matches.
The objective is to assess if and under what conditions standing may be reintroduced in UEFA competitions in a safe manner.
This is a measure of considerable importance which, if implemented, would require a radical rethinking of the sports infrastructure or parts of it. First tests will take place in the championships about to start in England, Germany and France.