Thanks for the reply.
Even the BIAS document says you are more likely to be able to stand towards the back of the west stand. Implying less likely in other areas.
It seems that a possibility to stand at the back has been interpreted to mean everyone can stand in the west stand.
My understanding is the bit that is “future” is if safe standing is agreed.
As I said I did my due diligence and worked out where would be a good spot my not so tall wife would alway get a view, even when safe standing comes. The Arsenal had proven that the choice was good.
I like standing my first game was in uncovered Ealing road and my last was in Ealing road. At least we could shuffle around there to get a view for mrs, in allocated seat that is not possible. So some will not be happy if people are standing, we often struggled at away games
and seldom go now.
Most people would have taken what the club said officially as leading factor in choosing their seat. Which if my memory serves me right was sitting would be enforced, with a bit of leniency at the back.
Agree STH should be allowed first dibs to their chosen seat.As you say, the general intention / inference is that the West Stand will be a standing area primarily towards the back - as has generally been the norm at away games etc. over the years.
What was frustrating about Tuesday however was people, sitting 2/3/4 rows from the back asking those in front of them to sit down - why buy their tickets at the back then?!
(Slightly rhetorical as I do understand the issues of people being displaced due to East Stand being closed and presumably a lot of first timers there due to it going on general sale).
It was certainly odd though that pretty much the whole West Stand sat down as soon as the game kicked off, in stark contrast to the Arsenal game and even the ore-season friendlies.
Ideally the club should be opening all stands for the Oldham game, and allowing STs to buy their seats first - hope the club take the learnings from Tuesday on board.
So why are you so special that your time is more valuable than all the other thousands that waited?
I've had a feedback form emailed to me after every game thus farIs there a formal channel for fans to feed back constructive criticisms and suggest solutions for the new stadium?
I would start with revising the instructions to if possible arrive 45 min before instead of 30 min and until we all suss out our bearings etc, open all 4 stands if staffing levels allow.
I also confess a bit of me is pleased with mass crowds struggling to get in after standing on the Oak with a few hundred
Have you got an email address to feedback fans can use?
I used to be special, guess I am not at BFC anymore.?
The club emailed me a feedback survey after the Arsenal game (it was an online one rather than an email to reply to). Not sure if they sent to everyone or just sampled. It’s a better way of getting a lot of feedback and managing it than just inviting emails which then need collating and categorisation of comments.
I wonder if the concourses at those stadiums are a bit more generous in terms space per person? Whilst palatial compared to New Road, at capacity ours seems fairly tight so adding people from other stands either way might cause issues.
I used to be special, guess I am not at BFC anymore.
Haven't received a survey email this season but I have won a football from filling in one of these surveys - I maybe one of the last people to do so - it was Feb 2020. I'm still trying to work out most of the signatures on it!
But it does have the access Road outside creating a lot more space. Particularly when departing or having a HT drink.
Yes smoking is allowed. They also had a couple of pop up bars selling beer vs Arsenal.Yes Ruislip. I saw that in the friendlies against West Ham. Not sure if your allowed to smoke outside in the access road but ( I'm a non smoker anyway). Lots of people having a drink and chatting away in small groups.
My St is in the West Stand towards the back. I will try the upper concourse for food next.
That is barmy. If people are worried about sitting next to other people regardless of vaccination status then they shouldn't be going to the game. It's not for them to make the rules and the stewards should've know the stand was sold out and said as much.When we got in, there were people in our seats who told us they'd been told to sit there by stewards as the people next to them in their actual seats refused to sit by them for something to do with vaccines. Ended up being stood in the stairwell for another 5 minutes while stewards told us they'd find us new seats. In the end, we had to sit apart.
I can't remember the last time a match was delayed due to crowds still at the turnstiles, but it must have been a few decades ago....
I do remember @Peter G telling a policeman to run on the pitch and tell the referee if he wanted to postpone the kick-off (which he did). But that must have been in the early 80s.
Yes, 1990 and 8,000. Trevor Francis came on as sub for The Owls.
Plenty of people have downloaded pdf and it's never been an issue so I don't buy the brightness thing at all !Thats's becuase proper wallet apps displaying airline boarding cards do this automatically rather than just displaying a PDF on the phone screen as is being used here.
Was so many people near where I was sitting f-in and blind-in being aggressive saying they couldn't see cos people were standing up, and reporting it to the stewards. Think a lot of people felt intimidated by the aggressiveness and the fear of being spoken to by the stewards. My St seat is row 32 and had some geezer saying to people collectively "ffs, sit the f#ck down", when we were all singing stand up if you love brentford, and I'm sure he's a St holder!If the club want to retain the atmosphere we had at Arsenal going forwards, it's absolutely imperative the entire West Stand is allowed to stand. Concerning to hear most of the stand sat down right after KO for Forest Green.