A reminder to fans on persistent standing
Following dialogue with the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA), Argyle would like to remind supporters of the importance of avoiding lengthy periods of persistent standing during matches at Home Park.
By ‘persistent’ the Club means when individuals are standing in seated areas for prolonged periods of time other than for short durations in periods of play where it could be deemed unnatural to remain seated.
Particular areas of concern are around Blocks 3, 4 and 5, and Blocks 16 and 17, where fans are not taking their seats and are standing for the vast duration of matches.
Standing in areas that are designed for seated accommodation can be dangerous, but can also impact the experience of your fellow Argyle supporters around you. The Club is intent on providing the best possible matchday experience for the whole Green Army and persistent standing has an impact on fans throughout Home Park and their viewing, but also their general experience.
Argyle are currently exploring the feasibility of implementing safe standing at Home Park, but for the foreseeable future we have to ensure we are complying with regulations.
We ask all supporters to work with us in adhering to the licence conditions of the ground. If we cannot address this situation and show improvement then it is likely that the club will be forced to impose, or have imposed, stricter measures, including a potential capacity reduction.
Similar measures have been imposed at other stadiums previously and it is likely that others will also find themselves in the same situation as ourselves during the 23/24 season.
The Club have reminded supporters several times of the impact persistent standing has on those around them. Stewards will now be instructed to direct Argyle fans to take their seat during matches, and we would encourage said supporters to comply with their instructions for the benefit of those around them. Should instructions not be adhered to, the Club may have to take further action moving forward.
We thank supporters for their cooperation and understanding on this matter and look forward to seeing you loud and proud against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.