Torquay United announce match-day bar changes
TORQUAY United have made some changes to their catering arrangements for Saturday's Devon Derby meeting with Plymouth Argyle.
On the recommendations of the Safety Advisory Group, the club will be closing the Gulls Nest bar area to fans on the Popside for the match.
A club spokesman said: "Following our midweek SAG meeting here at Plainmoor, the Police are insistent that all measures must be taken to ensure that numbers are accurately monitored for each section of the stadium.
"As such, it is virtually impossible for us to give an accurate reading of the amount of people on the Popside for such a high-profile game, if some fans are transferring from Gulls Nest to the Popside.
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"We would like to apologise to Popsiders for this inconvenience and we would encourage you to use the superb facilities available in Boots & Laces for this match.
"As part of the same theme of monitoring numbers, supporters with tickets for Bristow’s Bench and the Family Stand will be able to access Gulls Nest through reception up until 1.45pm, when turnstiles open.
"After this time, the reception route will be closed and fans can enter the Nest by walking up the Family Stand steps, having come through the turnstiles."
Meanwhile, the project to install handrails on Bristow’s Bench has reached the stage of sending a structural design to the local authority for approval.
Although the Bench in its current format has passed all the required tests, the club felt the gradient of the steps warranted the extra safety measure of handrails.
However, the spokesman added: "We have quickly discovered this process has several hurdles to clear.
"After receiving a number of quotes, a provider has now been chosen and they have submitted the bespoke design proposal to meet the specific needs of the Bench.
"The galvanised steel is under order and we are now waiting for approval from the local authority to proceed with the installation stage.
"In the meantime, we would like to kindly advise all supporters using the Bench to take great care when ascending and descending the steps.
"This point is particularly pertinent for the Devon derby against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, when we expect the Bench to be fully sold out. As such, we would strongly urge fans to be patient when using the steps, especially with almost 2,000 people looking to exit the Bench at full-time."
Brand new seats for the Family Stand are almost complete and the club plans to have all of them fully installed for the visit of Burton Albion on Saturday, September 22.