Worcester City Football Club has been discussing the arrangements for its last home game with Chester City for many months to ensure that all the necessary safety arrangements are in place on what is likely to be an extremely busy day for the Club.
Following discussions between the Safety Team and the Safety Advisory Group a number of weeks ago, the Club was asked to review the capacity on part of the Brookside Terrace and The Shed to ensure that capacity remained within safe limits.
The reason for this request was that around three seasons ago the club removed sections of the crush barriers from the Shed and parts of the Brookside. To have these stress tested would have cost the club thousands of pounds and at that point in time many of them would have needed replacement or significant works carried out on them. The Club has a responsibility towards the welfare and safety of all supporters entering St George’s Lane and has therefore concluded that in order to meet these requirements it should reduce the capacity in these areas by 550.
The Club is keen to stress that there are plenty of tickets still to be sold in these areas and based on current ticket demand do not currently believe this area will be a sell-out.
All calculations have been double checked and the Club is now happy that the revised capacity will allow all supporters to watch this game in a safe environment.
The Club will continue to put plans in place for the management of the day and will continue to work with the Safety Advisory Group to ensure that this happens.
Kevin Preece (Safety Officer)
Colin Layland (Vice Chairman)