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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Spurs away fans to sit pitchside at all stadiums

Tottenham fans should be welcoming the recent new legislation from the Premier League especially as it doesn't affect away supporters seating at our new stadium but will benefit our away fans at grounds like Newcastle United where we are sent up to a far corner out of the way.

The new ruling means that clubs must now provide some pitch-side seating for away fans and our new stadium complies as you can see from the images below. The red area is the proposed away fans seating area.

At least one block of away fans must be situated pitch-side the Premier League clubs agreed in November. Richard Scudamore, the Premier League Executive Chairman explained to the press.

"Basically you won't be able to be stuck up in the third tier, out in the corner, if you're an away fan. "Pitch-side is the easiest way of describing it but clearly some ground configurations (mean) there might be some gap between where the seats actually are, and there might be something else in between that and the pitch. 
"It's about atmosphere. One of the unique things about our game, particularly in England, is the amount of away fans and the noise they create. When an away goal is scored, you want that atmosphere and interaction between the two sets of fans. 
"The fans are an integral part of the Premier League. Their passion, commitment and support are valued enormously by the players, clubs and the League."

I have often commented on our away supporters who are wonderfully vocal and can be heard at all away games. Their support, even when we have been losing, is phenomenal. Placing them pitch-side will push them nearer the microphones that pick up the atmosphere so it is quite possible that we might be hearing even more from them in the future.


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