Real Salt Lake To Introduce Safe Standing In 2023

Nov 9, 2022, 3:20 PM


America First Field during a match between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders in 2022. (Photo by Laura Dearden/Real Salt Lake)

(Photo by Laura Dearden/Real Salt Lake)

SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake will introduce a safe-standing zone ahead of the 2023 MLS season.

The safe-standing zone will operate in the south grandstand, which has historically been the supporter’s section. However, up until now, supporters have been tasked with battling foldable chairs while standing, swinging flags, socializing, etc.

The safe-standing section has become a key feature across a number of Major League Soccer clubs. Most notably, LAFC and Austin FC boast two of the more formidable home atmospheres and a large role is played by the supporter’s section in their safe-standing zone.

Real Salt Lake is joining the party. All of the seats in the bottom half of the south grandstand have been removed. They will be replaced with arm benches that will be used to lean on while protecting the fans in the section to not injure themselves falling down the stairs.

Safe-standing will inevitibly provide America First Field with an improved atmosphere. The supporters section will be more comfortable, now the supporters, who stood during games anyway, will not have to battle bumping into chairs as they cheer.

Furthermore, the addition of safe standing will increase the capacity of America First Field. The club is yet to confirm how many more fans the stadium will be able to squeeze through the gates.

Real Salt Lake At The World Cup

Real Salt Lake left-back Bryan Oviedo is the only member from the 2022 Real Salt Lake roster that has been named to a world cup roster. He was announced on the 26-player Costa Rican national team squad set to compete at the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup.

Oviedo and Costa Rica will begin their World Cup campaign with a fixture against Spain on Wednesday, November 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 a.m. Then, they will prepare for a clash with Japan on Sunday, November 27. Kickoff at 3 a.m. The final group game for Costa Rica will occur on Thursday, December 1, with a noon kickoff against Germany.


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