But how would you catch a bunker at a big game when everyone's stood up? Surely a proper security system outside, around the turnstiles and inside the stand should catch all but the most ingenious bunker before they even see a seat/standing area?
What if (God forbid) when we play Spurs on Sunday someone goes over the seat in front celebrating a goal, cracks his head on the steps or the seat two rows ahead and dies? Does that make a seating area inherently dangerous? Simply having 40,000 people in the same building is a risk in itself, the question is can the risks be managed to an acceptable degree in a safe standing area? In some ways safe standing seems clearly safer to me - much less risky to stand in for one. No-one appears to object to the physical act of standing at a football match, since so many do it at Anfield, Old Trafford etc every week (and I believe that terracing is still quite common in League One and Two, although obviously not on anywhere near the extent that we once had in the top tier) so we must be able to agree that we're willing to allow people to run the risk of standing at a match. Since we're willing to allow people to run that risk, why not allow them to stand in an area specifically designed to allow them to do so?
Think about it. If you were at the match with your mate and some lad sidled over and tried to get in your seat, or tried to shove you out of the way, you know that when it comes to sitting down - even games where most stand it happens - you know that there will be a ruckus - you tell him to fuck off. If you're standing and never sitting then you'll probably let him stand there. Little bits of basic safety fall slowly by the wayside. Grounds are worked out to let people out very quickly. Very quickly indeed. Grounds and everything in them might look like they are just about football, but for the Police, the Stewards, the Match Control Room, the First Aid people, the Doctors and Nurses - it's all about safety. Once you pull one strand away then others follow. Things are up to date, orderly and appraisable all the time at the moment. Because they have to be. Let's say 'safe standing' comes in, then people work out that since people aren't going to sit - you can bump up capacity -there- for money. Then you can add a bit here, do a bit there, leave that bit here, take those railings away there and so on then who knows where the future lies.
I'd rather have what we have now - the safest, best run grounds in the world. The difference now from 20 or 30 or 40 years ago is staggering. Families and friends, women and children.. everyone can go to the ground and know that everything from start to finish has been set up for their safety. Everyone in that ground is in there to help them and look after them and get them in and out in safety.
I personally wouldn't want that to ever change.