Crystal Palace have announced plans to introduce a ‘singing section’ at Selhurst Park from next season. A group of dedicated fans in the Lower Holmesdale Stand – who call themselves the Holmesdale Fanatics – had previously requested to be moved from their original spot in the lower stand to create a better atmosphere.
Having initially been offered encouragement by chairman Steve Parish, the proposal was eventually turned down by the club, who said it would be “hugely unfair and disruptive” to existing fans in that part of the stadium.
That led to the Fanatics staying away from some home games early in the season, and the pressure seems to have paid off, with Palace announcing a decision to introduce the section from next season.
A statement on the club website said: “Much has been said and written in recent weeks about the prospect of an enhanced and expanded ‘singing section’ in the Lower Holmesdale Stand, to further build upon the reputation that our fans inside Selhurst Park have created as one of, if not, the best atmospheres in the Premier League.
“Recognising this will cause some initial disruption but weighing up all the views and opinions there appears to be overwhelming support from the supporter base for this to become a reality.
“We are therefore committed to facilitating a larger and dedicated ‘singing section’ next season, where our most vocal fans will thrive and act as a catalyst to make the Holmesdale Stand into an even greater wall of noise and supportive force behind the team.
“It’s unavoidable that this will result in some of our most valued, long-standing season ticket holders being displaced, we have worked hard to keep this to a relatively small amount and we will of course work hard to make the best alternatives available to them.”