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Saturday 17 March 2012
From the Bradford City programme

From time to time we reproduce articles from the programme which have not been reported elsewhere. The following extract from an article appeared in the Bradford City programme and updates fans about progress on the new stand in the Kingston Road End, plus initial details of the process for allocating seats in that stand.

We continue to plan for more changes in the stadium and for next season. On Friday (16 March) we are holding a meeting to review the tenders for building the new all-seater stand at the Kingston Road End ('KRE').

The tender process has been delayed a little as we decided to review the layout to allow away fans to take a number of seats. At the moment we offer visiting clubs only 20 or so seats in Block M of the Paul Strank Stand, the one nearest the KRE. This is to make sure that older and infirm away fans are able to see the game. That really isn’t a very good way to treat visiting fans, but we have had little choice because of the high numbers of season ticket holders with seats.

Following our decision, our architects have redesigned the new stand so that we can operate with two levels of use by visiting fans – one layout offers about 75 seats, and the other offers about 200 for when we are expecting a bigger gate. That’s still not a huge number, but we felt we had to do something.

We have also had a difficult decision to make about when to build the stand, since the work can’t all be fitted into the close season. We’ve decided that we should aim to open the new stand by the start of 2012/13, and that means commencing work (and consequently closing the stand) immediately after Easter. We are currently writing to season ticket holders in the KRE to ask them which other part of the stadium they would like to be situated in to watch the last two home games of the season.

As for allocating seats in the new stand, existing KRE season ticket holders will get ”first dibs”, followed by fans who applied for a seat this season and didn’t get one, but bought a terrace ticket instead.

There’s a lot more to say about the new stand, and we will be holding a meeting in the near future to explain it all in more detail.