The ground is subject to local authority regulations which determine what the club must adhere to in order to secure our ground safety certificate. These conditions are absolute and whether fans agree with them or not we have no choice but to implement them accordingly.
In order to ensure the new stand was open for boxing day we put out a statement explaining that certain rules would have to be enforced as required by various regulations which as you can understand are completely out of our hands, but in place for the safety of all spectators.
Stewards were advised that they should enforce the regulations and requirements accordingly in order to protect the safety of all spectators. Additionally, as a club we have to fulfil certain obligations which if we do not, can land the club in hot water. With this in mind stewards attempted to apply the rules appropriately but fairly, and we can only apologise if some fans felt like the stewards were ‘jobs worth’s’ but we make no apology for making the safety of spectators our primary concern.
In regards to standing in front of the new terrace, that area has been designated as an official walkway and will be marked with yellow hatching to remind spectators that they should not stand in this area. The same rule does actually apply to the South Stand walkway which will also be marked with yellow hatching in due course and spectators will be discouraged from standing there as well.
Hopefully this will help clarify things a little.
Edited by Official Rams Updates, 31 December 2013 - 04:41 PM.