Singing stand trial
- Tue 20 Sep 2011, 6:24PM
- Posted by David Clayton
City fans could help spur on the team to Champions League glory against Villarreal with the entire South Stand being designated a ‘Singing Section’ for this game.
Away fans will be relocated to East Level Three for this match in response to fan feedback about the possible benefit to the match day atmosphere of a unified singing section behind the goal.
This trial, which is likely to be repeated later in the season, will assess the appetite of fans’ seated in other parts of the ground to move into this area, as well as judging the impact on supporters in tier three of the East Stand, safety considerations and queuing times.
Commenting on the trial, Steve Sayer, City’s Operations Director, said: “The South Stand is hugely influential on the overall atmosphere in the Stadium on a match day and we share the fans’ desire to test whether moving the away fans can create an even greater impact.
"On a big European night, such as our UEFA Cup quarter final against Hamburg a few years ago, the atmosphere was unparalleled and we believe that noise and passion can make a big difference to the players out on the pitch.
“We are expecting a relatively low number of away fans at this fixture, making our second home Champions League game the ideal opportunity to test our home fans’ wish to sit in a unified singing section whilst creating minimum disruption to other fans in East Level Three.”
Tickets details and relocation details for the Villarreal game on Tuesday 18 October will be announced shortly. Supporters on the Champions League Cup Scheme in blocks 308 and 309 who are impacted by this change will be contacted by the club regarding relocation of their seat.