A terrace or terracing in sporting terms refers to the traditional standing area of a sports stadium, particularly in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. A terrace is a series of concrete steps which are erected for spectators to stand on.
Its significance carries particular importance in football where terraces were located in the areas behind the two goals as a cheaper alternative to sitting in the stands, which were traditionally located at the sides of the field. Naturally the price of standing in the terraces was much cheaper than a seat with the result that over the decades they became the most popular spectators’ area for younger working class men and teenage boys to watch the game.
Due to safety concerns related to terraces, they have fallen out of favour in many places. Terraces were banned from major football grounds in England in the early 1990s, are currently not used during major tournaments, and for a long time were generally not included in new stadium designs. There is currently a growing demand for a reintroduction of terracing, based on the modern stadia designs in Germany and other European countries, dubbed “safe-standing areas.
That’s how Wikipedia defines the old terraces that were prevalent at old stadiums. There was a time when terraces were the heartbeat of soccer stadiums. It’s where the “real” fans stood. The prices were a bit cheaper. There were no seats. I imagine lots of singing and drinking took place. When I read soccer books or articles from people who stood on the terraces, the vast majority of them are overwhelmingly positive. The memories people have from those days seem to be pretty incredible. Before there was huge money in the sport. Before corporate boxes and VIP suites were in every stadium. The terrace lived.
This collection celebrates those moments. The simplicity and beauty of the sport. Loving the game for what it is. Not about the money, or the fame or the celebrity that comes with the sport. But a pure love for the sport for what it is. That is something that we all have around here
These shirts are priced lower than our normal shirts just as the tickets to get in the terraces were priced lower than the tickets for the seating areas were. The quality is the same, but the pricing is based on the idea of the terrace pricing.
We have wanted to do something like this for a long time and we’re pretty excited with the Terrace Collection. We love celebrating the history of the sport in a variety of ways, and this is another way for us to do that.
The Terrace Collection is priced at $25 and available in the Bumpy Pitch online store as well as at select soccer retailers around the country.
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