In another topic Official Rams Updates said (and I apologise for not being able to quote this properly)
Posted 25 March 2014 - 07:45 PM
Initially the capacity for the game has been set at 3,500.
Should demand exceed capacity we can increase it by a further 450 for this game but that is primarily for the East Terrace and has significant stewarding implications. However it does mean that we can accommodate 3,950 for this game if need be.
The new terrace has had a capacity of 1,600 set on it by Kirklees but this only comes into effect once the additional turnstiles and toilets have been built or are provided, a segregation fence is put in place between the East Terrace and South Stand and two new exit gates and pathways are provided from the terrace so there is still plenty to do before we can count on this and obviously it won’t be in the short term (i.e. this season). A designated catering outlet would also need to be provided. This would give a total capacity of 5,100. Obviously we only need this in place where crowds are likely to be above 3,500. The potential increase for the Wigan game is a one off and has taken a lot of drawn out discussions and negotiations to get this agreed.
Hope this helps.
Althought these further developments are perhaps a little way off, I was wondering about some the practical issues of "crowd control".
I imagine that the "segregation fence" will have a stewarded gate between the two stands (for safety reasons). On match days, where the original 3500 approved capacity is not in threat (i.e. most games for the forseeable future), would I be right to presume the "gate" (assumig it exists) would be open and that fans would still be free to move between South and East stands as they can do now, satisfying the "half time end changers" and part time sun seekers (July-August only!). It would be a shame to find that you had to commit to one end or the other when the attendence is barely above what we get now!
On another point, am I right in thinking the refusal to grant an extension to the current capacity after the completion of the East terrace is primarily based on the assumption that, in inclement weather, all the fans would congregate in the covered South stand area. I believe I read some posts suggesting plans are to eventually roof the East terrace at some time in the distant future. Has anyone costed roofing the East stand and if that was completed would that extend the capacity without having to have some of the other developments done (segregation fence, turnstiles etc.)? - I just wondered if money would be better saved for a roof than spent fences etc. I, for one, value that Rugby League venues (in the main) allow the free unsegregated movement around the grounds and I am massively put off of the idea of being corralled into enclosures in my own team's home ground like football fans.