Shrewsbury Town have moved another step closer to becoming the first club in England to install a safe-standing zone in their stadium.
The League One club launched a crowdfunding drive after submitting their application to the Sports Ground Safety Authority back in July, and have now successfully reached their £65,000 target.
Together we have hit our target! Thank you to everyone who has contributed!
— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) October 17, 2017
The plan is to build 500 rail seats inside the 10,000-capacity New Meadow ground, which is currently an all-seater, with the work set to be signed off and unveiled before the end of the current season, in early 2018.
More than 1,000 fans donated money to the cause, with a “significant contribution” from online betting company Fansbet helping to make up the numbers.
Roger Groves, chairman of the Shrewsbury Town Supporters’ Parliament had this to say:
This is a remarkable achievement by the hundreds of fans and sponsors, especially FansBet, who have paved the way for the thousands more to bring standing back to matchdays at their clubs.
I am very proud that Shrewsbury Town has been at the heart of this.
According to The FSF, The Sports Ground Safety Authority have also approved the Shrews’ application meaning that, with funding now in place, it’s only a matter of time before standing on matchday returns to the English leagues.
Sincere congratulations to all involved.