DERRY - CAPACITY WILL BE RAISED
Field Mill capacity 'will be raised'
CHAD.co.uk, By Tim Morriss, 03 Oct 2007
STAGS chairman James Derry has revealed that the capacity for the big local derby with Notts County might be increased afterall.
The club has identified the problem with a rogue turnstile in the North Stand and hope that safety officials will allow more fans into Field Mill for the match later this month.
Nottinghamshire County Council's Safety Advisory Group lowered the ground capacity to 50%, 4,684, after ticketing problems and the turnstile malfunction during the Chesterfield derby last month.
The Stags, desperate to get the sanction raised, have since been unable to satisfy SAG's demand that the turnstile monitoring system works, despite strenuous efforts before last night's match with MK Dons.
And there were fears that the match, which attracted more than 6,000 fans last season, would cost the Stags £20,000 in lost revenue if the capacity was held at 4,684.
But Mr Derry told Chad after the 2-1 defeat by MK Dons on Tuesday: "We have identified the problem and SAG have agreed that if we can show a programme of how we are going to put the fault right, they will increase the capacity straight away to 70% 6,553.
This was the limit set at the start of the season, but Mr Derry added that he will ask for the figure to be raised even higher before the County match.
He said: "I would like to see the figure at 90%. We need to get more people into the ground if we are going to survive."
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