Mayflower Grandstand Update
Ahead of our first Sky Bet League One home fixture on Saturday, we are writing to supporters with an update on the status of the upper tier of the Mayflower Grandstand.
From providing an outstanding venue for match-day hospitality and non match-day events to acting as a temporary Mass Vaccination Centre, the Grandstand has already proven to be a vital and versatile asset for both the club and community since opening on New Year’s Day 2020 – with over 50 events held in the venue, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
However, having opened just a number of weeks before the pandemic took hold, there has been limited opportunity for the club to hold test events in conjunction with the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG) under full capacity conditions. It became clear in those test events, back in early 2020, that seating comfort and the supporter experience in the concourses was not at the level we want to achieve for our supporters in the longer term.
With this in mind, the club is in the process of engaging with external consultants to assess our options in tackling these key areas, with supporter experience at the forefront of our thinking. As such, we have taken the decision to limit the number of tickets available for purchase in the upper tier of the Mayflower Grandstand heading into the new season.
First and foremost, we wish to make it clear that this decision will have no effect on 21/22 season-ticket holders whose seats are in the upper Mayflower Grandstand, and they can rest assured that they will be able to sit in their chosen seats for the upcoming season.
With just over 900 season-tickets purchased in the upper tier of the Grandstand, and with a sizeable capacity at our disposal in the rest of the stadium, we feel it is best for the supporter experience to limit sales of individual match tickets in the upper tier of the Mayflower Grandstand at this stage, until such a time that remedial works are outlined and completed.
We understand that the limited match tickets available in the upper tier of the Mayflower Grandstand may cause frustration. However, the decision has been taken to ensure that we give our supporters the best possible match-day experience, and that we allow ourselves time to deliver a solution efficiently.
We thank supporters for their understanding. In line with our Vision and Values, we will remain transparent throughout the process, and keep supporters informed as we make progress.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's first home game of the new Sky Bet League One season against Gillingham. To purchase, go to argyletickets.com, call 01752 907700, or visit the Home Park Ticket Office in person.