SUNDERLAND fans have backed the club’s decision to move away supporters at the Stadium of Light.
Visitors will be shifted from the South Stand from the start of next season.
Some season ticket holders will be relocated.
Fred Taylor, chairman of the Boldon Branch of the Sunderland Supporters’ Association, said: “Fans have been asking for this since the stadium was built.
“At present the away supporters are behind the goal, but it will benefit the team more if there are home fans behind both goals, and will create a far better atmosphere.
“I know it will mean some season ticket holders having to move their seats, but I hope they understand that this is something which will benefit the team and the club.”
Mr Taylor, who is also chairman of the club’s branch liaison committee, said SAFC had previously turned down fans’ requests to move the away section.
He added: “They have always said it could not be done due to the logistics of moving things around.”
The club has now revealed that the decision to move away fans followed consultation with supporters, via fans’ forums, online surveys, and fans’ groups.
Sunderland have not yet announced which part of the stadium will be used for away fans, but the club has confirmed that season ticket holders who will be affected will be contacted in the next few weeks.
Chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “We have looked at this in detail and have reached the conclusion that it would be a very positive move for the club and supporters.”
“We are hugely appreciative of the feedback we’ve had from our fans and thank them for their input.”