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One turnstile to be open for York City's game against Portsmouth
YORK City have decided to open one turnstile for tomorrow’s home game against Portsmouth after pressure from complaining supporters.
The Minstermen had originally made the match against fallen giants Pompey an all-ticket affair but, with advanced sales modest, the board have decided to allow home fans to pay on the day as well.
Former Premier League outfit Portsmouth have sold 1,400 tickets for the League Two clash with City fans having bought 800, not including season-ticket holders.
Having also performed a late ‘U’-turn to allow supporters in on the day at the previously all-ticket home game with Mansfield earlier this month after seeing the first all-ticket match of the season against Hartlepool attract a lower attendance than anticipated, City officials now plan to operate turnstiles at every match during the next two campaigns, where practical.
Explaining the move, communications director Sophie Hicks said: “The board have reviewed the whole all-ticket situation and decided to open one turnstile tomorrow. We feel that is fine having conducted a safety review and we want to encourage as many people to come to our games as we can but would still advise people to buy their tickets in advance where possible.
“The all-ticket matches this season have all been to mitigate police costs but, after reviewing the situation and considering the response from fans, the board have decided there will be no more all-ticket games this season and next season apart from in exceptional circumstances.
“It has not proven the right approach but, sometimes, you have to try things to see if they will work. We were quite surprised by the negative effect on our attendances although we don’t know to what extent performances and results have played a factor in that.
“The negative response to all-ticket matches was also surprising because they are a common scenario in football and it is likely that every match at the community stadium will be all-ticket.”
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