an update on the ground safety operation at the cng stadium
Following Easter Monday's fixture against FC Halifax Town, Managing Director Garry Plant would like to issue the following statement to fans
At our match against Halifax on Bank Holiday Monday we were advised by FC Halifax that they would require a minimum of 1000 tickets, we had originally offered a maximum of 750. West Yorkshire Police advised us that in addition to the 1000 tickets we might expect up to a further 3/400 fans from Halifax turning up without tickets.
We therefore had to have a contingency plan in place to accommodate the numbers to appease North Yorkshire Police, the local authorities and to safeguard the well-being of everyone attending. This is the reason that we had to change the segregation area to the Sterling Motor Stand. On the day It turned out that the Halifax numbers were far from the mark, Halifax sold 703 tickets and the reported travelling fans without tickets did not materialise.
The analysis of intelligence is tricky and we understand that the authorities have to look at a worse scenario case. The segregation plans in place were more than adequate and the presence of security and the police ensured the safety of everyone, there were no incidents either inside or outside The CNG Stadium. Despite many challenges this season we have been able to demonstrate an excellent safety record. We will be drawing lessons from yesterday’s match and the information we received as well as each of the other segregated matches this season.
At the final whistle we were asked to hold back Harrogate supporters until the Halifax contingent had left the ground and dispersed. We would like to thank you for your patience during that period and apologies for any inconvenience caused.