17 May 2024

Supporters update: May 2024

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Supporters update: May 2024

Firstly, we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support. From filling the terraces at Hayes Lane and smashing our #Project30K target, to the long-distance trips, to your incredible support at Wembley and our open-top bus parade; you have all played such an important part in the team’s success on the field. We hope you have enjoyed the celebrations. 

We have done our best to summarise some immediate updates, as well as expected changes, in the below release. Our aim is to keep supporters as up to date with progress on and off the field as possible, but in such a busy period for the Club, patience and understanding is appreciated. 

Stadium Pitch

To meet EFL regulations the Club must replace its current 3G artificial pitch with a grass pitch. Work has already started on removing of the artificial surface, as we have an extremely tight turnaround to install a grass pitch in time for the new season.  

New Community Pitches

As many of you may know, the Club have planning permission for an additional 11-a-side and 9-a-side pitch behind the stadium where we will relay the current 3G Stadium Pitch, ensuring the Community can still benefit from the surface which has served it so well since 2017. This new facility will be located just the other side of the treeline, which sits to the left of the existing 11-a-side pitch (if you are looking towards the Norman Park end). An additional planning permission application is ongoing in relation to getting floodlighting approved. Works on these pitches will begin as soon as possible, with the anticipation that they can be finished for October.  

Stadium Works & East Stand Development

The Club remain committed to the East Stand Development, however, the immediate stadium and pitch works of course take priority. In the meantime, a revised planning application has gone back into the local authority as we look to maximise the space underneath the stand to house further community facilities.  

Pre-season

The Club are working on a schedule of pre-season fixtures and a training programme. Given the renovations needed to the pitch, we can confirm that we will not be able to host any pre-season fixtures at Hayes Lane. Details on fixtures will be made available to supporters in the coming weeks once all arrangements have been finalised. 

Sky Bet League Two Fixture Release

The EFL have confirmed that fixtures will be released on Wednesday, 26th June, with the Sky Bet League Two season commencing on Saturday, 10th August 2024. 

Retained List

We expect to be in a position to announce our full and complete retained list in the coming weeks. The retained list is a summary of players who remain under contract, those who are having options exercised, those being offered new deals, or players who are being released.  

Zoning of the Stadium

EFL regulations, SGSA Green Guide guidelines and local authority requirements mean that there will be some changes to how the stadium will operate on a match day.  This will unfortunately mean an end to supporters switching ends once they have entered the stadium and supporters will need to purchase their season tickets or match day tickets within a specific stand.  

Pending approval from the above authorities, the Club currently plan to zone the stadium as below; 

Zone 1; Supporters in the East Terrace, Glyn Beverly Stand and West Terrace will enter via Turnstile 1 and have access to the Bear Island Bar, Broomfields Bar & Kitchen and Cookie’s Cabin. 

Zone 2; Supporters in the North Terrace and John Fiorini Stand will enter via Turnstile 2 and have access to Ravens Lounge and The Dave Roberts Tea Hut. 

For clarity, supporters will only be permitted to watch a match from the stand or terrace they purchase their ticket (or season ticket) within. 

Post match, access to Broomfelds Bar & Kitchen will be made available to all home supporters. 

Ravens Lounge

Ravens Lounge will now return to being a supporters’ bar, with those who purchase tickets in the North Terrace having access to this bar pre, during and post-match. 

Visiting Supporters

The Club plan to locate away supporters in part of the existing away section on the East Terrace, as well as a section of the North Terrace (as shown in the image above). In line with EFL regulations, a minimum of 10% of the ground’s capacity must be made available to away supporters. In addition, this must contain a covered and seated area and plans are in place to introduce this into the away section during the course of the Summer. 

Given the above changes, home supporters will receive an increased amount of space on the East Terrace. 

Season Tickets / Admission Prices

Season Ticket and Match Admission prices will be exclusively announced via our newsletter, next Friday, 24th May. As in previous years, an ‘Earlybird’ offer will be available. Further to this, the Club will be issuing existing Season Ticket Holders with a priority renewal period. 

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The club have liaised with the supporters’ board on pricing in general, in addition to the other ground and matchday changes listed above. 

Please understand that all the information above is shared with supporters in good faith and remains subject to final approvals from the relevant authorities. However, we’re keen to be as transparent as possible with supporters throughout the process.   

We’ll continue to keep everyone updated throughout the summer. 

In the meantime, don’t forget… We are going up! 

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