Whitebank capacity raisedDate published: Monday, September 14, 2015
THE Whitebank capacity has been increased from 1,502 to 1,940 in readiness for Oldham’s winner-takes-all promotion showdown with Keighley Cougars on Sunday (3pm kick off).
Announcement of the increased figure follows new risk assessment studies by ground safety officer Phil Black.
There will be three turnstiles — two for adults, the other for concessions — instead of the usual two and they will open at 1.30pm, half an hour earlier than for normal league games.
More stewards than normal will be on duty.
The game is not all-ticket and admission to the split-gate tie will cost £14 for adults, £12 concessions and £3 under-16s.
Fans are urged to get there early to ease congestion at the turnstiles and car parks.
Club chairman Chris Hamilton, meanwhile, has described the arrival at Whitebank of the League Leaders’ Trophy as a “major milestone” in the history of the Roughyeds.
Speaking after a 76-12 win at Oxford in the final game of the regular season, he said: “It’s the first thing we’ve won in 18 years and the irony is that we did it when the division is stronger than it’s ever been before.
“To win 19 games out of 22 in a year when five teams came down from the Championship says a lot about our coaching staff and players and their desire, skill and commitment.
“It’s even more remarkable because the three games we lost were all sandwiched in a four-week period.
“We are all aware, however, that the job isn’t yet finished. I’m immensely proud to be chairman and I hope we can kick on and complete the job which so many people, including the fans, deserve.”
On a similar theme, club captain Lewis Palfrey assured fans that his players were totally focused on Keighley and were ready for the big game.
He added: “Celebrating with the League Leaders Trophy was a strange experience because we don’t feel the job is done. If we don’t go up we’ll feel we’ve failed again because that was our target at the start of the season.”