QPR can confirm rail seating will be introduced in the Lower Loft Stand and R Block for the start of the 2022/23 season.
A period of extensive consultation with QPR fans, both online and at matches, has taken place which has enabled the club to work with supporters to identify the most suitable way to bring safe standing to W12.
An initial proposal was put forward in March which led to excellent feedback from fans.
On the back of this dialogue, an updated plan was presented to a selection of impacted season ticket holders.
This final plan addresses a significant proportion of the issues highlighted from the original proposal, resulting in 94% approval from fans consulted.
This plan is outlined below:
- Safe standing will be introduced into a section of the Lower Loft, with 962 seats converted into rail seating
- This rail seating will be positioned to the right side of the Lower Loft in Blocks ML, NL and PL
- The Family Stand will remain in the Lower Loft but will be positioned to the left of the Lower Loft in Blocks HL, JL, KL and LL
- Any supporter currently in Block ML, NL or PL who wishes to move to the Family Stand section (Blocks HL to LL) can be accommodated
- The Family Stand will NOT extend to the Upper Loft, meaning PU in the Upper Loft will be unaffected by these changes
- Safe standing will also be introduced in R Block, with 237 seats converted into rail seating across Rows J – Z, specifically: Rows J & K – seats 1 – 11; Rows L & M – seats 1 -13; Rows N – Y – seats 1 – 18; Row Z – seats 1 – 12
- There will be NO membership fee for the Blue & White Bar
- No supporter will have to move unless they choose to
If anyone wishes to stay in their seats with their children to trial rail seating but discovers it is not suitable, the club will work with them to find a more appropriate area.
QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “I am delighted to be able to bring the consultation period to a close with a successful resolution.
“I would also like to thank the supporters for their input and patience during this period.
“While the vast majority of fans were keen on the introduction of rail seating, we needed to make sure it was implemented in the most suitable way and in the most appropriate areas.
“Without the fans’ assistance, we would not have been able to reach the successful conclusion that we have.
“I am really excited to see the impact rail seating will have on the atmosphere next season.”
Rail seating FAQs
Who gets first option on purchasing in rail seating areas?
Stage 1 – Season ticket holders currently occupying seats which are to be converted into rail seating will be given priority. Supporters renewing in Blocks ML, NL and PL are reminded that these are now standing areas with the opportunity to sit pre-match and at half-time if desired.
Any supporter currently in Blocks ML, NL or PL who wishes to move to the Family Stand section (Blocks HL to LL) or a different area of the stadium should contact the Box Office via email [email protected] as soon as possible to register their interest. Supporters who renew online and wish to move seats will need to email [email protected] to register their seat move request. All seat moves will be dealt with in strict date order of receipt.
Stage 2 – Following this, season ticket holders who were originally displaced from the Lower Loft for the implementation of the Family Stand will be given the opportunity to purchase in the rail seating area. Supporters should contact the Box Office via email [email protected] to register their interest. All seat moves will be dealt with in strict date order of receipt.
Stage 3 – Season ticket holders in other areas of the stadium will then have priority for the purchase of rail seating tickets. Supporters are advised to renew their current seat and request a seat move into rail seating which will be dealt with in strict date order of receipt.
Will the implementation of rail seating change the capacity?
No. The capacity of the stadium will remain the same as a rail-seating seat occupies the same space as a standard seat.
I don’t want to move – do I have to?
No. No supporter will be forced to move from their seat if they do not wish to.
How much will a rail seating seat be?
Tickets in rail seating areas will be similar to the cost of a regular seat in a comparable area of the stadium.
Is rail seating child friendly?
Yes, children can watch from rail seating areas. However, dependent on their age and height, it is worth considering moving to the Family Stand section if you have any concerns about them being able to see the pitch.
I still have concerns. What can I do?
Please contact the club via [email protected] so we can arrange a convenient time to discuss these with you.