St Mirren have confirmed that Rangers fans will be housed in two stands at the SMISA Stadium later this month – but has hinted that allocations for both sides of the Old Firm could be cut in the future if the Buddies can find a way to replace the lost income.
Rangers make the short trip to Paisley on October 24 and will be supported by fans in the Tony Fitzpatrick Family Stand and the North Stand and will generate around £40,000 for the Buddies, although fans are less than happy at the prospect of the visiting support having half the stadium.
Chair of the Board, John Needham, agrees with the sentiments of supporters and has confirmed talks have been held internally over alternatives to avoid “frustration along with unanswered questions” in the future, telling supporters: “I share the strength of feeling on this issue and have discussed options with my fellow Directors which would avoid the need for any of our fans to move from their seats for matches in future.
“The major hurdle is replacing the income generated which is in the region of £120K for the three guaranteed fixtures each season. However, my initial thinking has been well received and I am working on refining the proposals before consulting you, the fans, on whether you would support my idea”.
St Mirren have averaged just shy of 4600 at their home league games this season, with SMISA Stadium holding 8000 fans at capacity.
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