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31st July 2002 13:07

Evening Post, 31 July 2002

Mansfield Town's stadium capacity has been reduced to around 9,000.

Notts County Council safety inspectors found a number of problems at Field Mill, which will be hosting Division Two football this season.

The problems included inadequate CCTV provision and poor access through the West Stand turnstiles.

A spokesman for the county council said the public protection and general purposes committee had been worried by various other safety aspects at the stadium.

The safety improvements are partly needed as a result of Mansfield's promotion to Division Two at the end of last season, and the increased attendances which promotion is expected to bring.

Town's high-profile penultimate home match of last season, against Cheltenham on April 9, attracted Field Mill's largest crowd of the season.

This resulted in problems with queues and turnstiles and the kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes.

The committee had also called for screening to prevent fans being able to watch the match from outside the fences.

Mansfield Town chairman, Keith Haslam, was not worried about the decision to cut capacity - and said the necessary work would be carried out in time.

"Even though it might appear to be, this is not an horrendous amount of work and the work is not costly," he said.


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