Kilmarnock are set to be pioneers in British football. They’ve announced plans, in association with the Killie Trust, to introduce safe standing sections at Rugby Park next season. One of which is a section for U16s, a British first.
The rail seats will arrive at Rugby Park in mid-September. The work will be fully funded by supporters, another first for British football. They become the second side in Scottish football to introduce safe standing.
There will be 158 adult safe standing rail seats placed in the East Stand. There will be a further 166 for kids in the Rugby Park Family Stand. The Killie Trust are funding the whole project.
Safe standing bring a lively experience for youngsters
Killie would have received plaudits from fans just by introducing adult rail seating. The fact it’ll be introduced to kids as well is a brilliant move by the club and the Killie Trust.
Atmosphere at a game for the most part captivates a young fan. They’re more likely to want to return to Ruby Park or such places if it is lively. It also helps the players on the park receive a more vocal backing.
It’ll be great for the young kids who get to sit in this section. They’ll get to socialise with friends in a section full of atmosphere, which will become an even louder section of noise if the club continue to have success on the park.
The end goal of this is clear. If the kids come and enjoy their experience, they’ll tell their mates at school. That might entice them to come to Rugby Park, and if they enjoy it, their friends will be told and so on.
It encourages the young people in the community to go and watch their local team. In a country where a massive amount of young football fans support Celtic and Rangers, it’s vital to get some young faces in the ground. This way they can build the next generation of fans.
This is a smart move from Killie that hopefully pays dividends for them. This game is built for the fans and Kilmarnock seem keen to show that.