St Mirren confirm reduced capacity for Celtic supporters next season
St Mirren have confirmed they will be using three of their four stands for all league matches next season, effectively reducing the allocation available to away Celtic supporters.
Previously, the Paisley club had allocated around 3,300 tickets to travelling Bhoys fans, including the north and south stands at St Mirren Park.
However, after consulting their own supporters with a survey, they will now keep the south stand for home fans, with just the Ferguslie Park Avenue end available to away fans for every league match on the calendar.
St Mirren Chairman John Needham said via their official website: “We’ve listened carefully to our fans and today’s announcement is a huge vote of confidence in our supporters. They have made it very clear that they want increased numbers of St Mirren fans in attendance for all home matches.
“The decision to retain all three stands for St Mirren supporters for all home league matches is ultimately driven by our fans and that’s what’s allowed the Board to make this decision. Our supporters have been incredible in recent times, and as a fan-owned club their views are hugely important to us.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for their loyalty and we look forward to working with the local community to encourage and welcome new fans as we set out to engage the next generation of St Mirren supporters.”
It follows a trend seen in other football grounds across Scotland of trying to retain as large a home crowd as possible, even if potentially reducing ticket income from Celtic and Rangers matches.
Venues including Tynecastle and McDiarmid Park have cut the number of travelling Celtic supporters on occasion. Dundee United made the same move in the Scottish Cup tie back in February.
Around 1,600 tickets will still be available to Celtic fans in Paisley, so it’s not like there is zero opportunity to watch Ange Postecoglou’s side there, it will just drive up the increasing demand for tickets.
It would be no surprise to see other teams in the league follow St Mirren’s example.
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