THE CAPACITY of Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground has been increased to 3,000 for their FA Vase quarter-final clash against Buckland Athletic later this month.
Plans to double the stadium’s current maximum allowed capacity of 1,500 for the last eight clash against Western League’s Athletic on Sunday, February 19 (3pm kick-off) were accepted today (Thursday) by Worcestershire County Council’s safety advisory group.
Bosses at Sporting applied for the increase after a club record crowd of 1,487 watched the Rouslers book their place in the quarter-finals of the Vase with a 2-1 victory over Bristol Manor Farm last Saturday.
That was the first time in 15 years more than 1,000 people had packed the Victoria Ground to watch a Bromsgrove fixture.
And with home attendances constantly on the rise in the league, club chairman Mike Burke told the Standard increasing the ground’s capacity was a no-brainer.
“We wanted the county council to help us go forward as we might not get another chance like this ever again,” he said.
“Our ground is one of the best non-league grounds in the country and it is more than capable of holding 3,000 fans.
“We have two turnstiles, can support segregation and the ground is made of concrete and metal so it’s safe to hold a bigger gate than 1,500.”
To cater for 3,000 fans Sporting have had to spend thousands of pounds on a fully qualified safety manager, medics and an ambulance as well as more stewards.
With the club having to spend more money for a larger capacity, ticket prices have been slightly increased for the all-ticket affair.
Adult tickets cost £7.50, seniors £4 and all under-18s and students will cost £2.
“We have had to increase ticket costs because we don’t want to bankrupt this club for the sake of a good cup run,” Mike added.
“People forget we are VAT registered so we don’t make as much money off entrance fees as they think.
“It’s nice to know that we won’t be turning anyone away at the gate on the day of the game.”
The first batch of tickets will be initially on sale to sponsors and season ticket holders in the Rouslers bar next Wednesday (February 8) between 7pm and 9pm.
They will then go on general sale from Thursday and everyday up until the Vase game at the bar from 7pm to 9pm.
Tickets are allocated for all four sections of the ground to prevent fan movement and are on a first come first served basis.