Birmingham City to randomly select St Andrew’s crowd for Stoke City and Bournemouth games | Football news
Birmingham City season ticket holders will find out on Thursday whether they have been randomly selected to attend one of the next two home games at St Andrew’s.
Only around half of the club’s season pass holders will be in attendance to watch each of these league games, due to emergency construction work going beyond the stadium.
The Kop and Tilton stands remain closed, while structural repairs continue in an attempt to make them safe for returning supporters. Both were sentenced during a routine council security inspection in December.
With games played behind closed doors last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the impact is only being felt this season. But Birmingham fans are furious that, despite eight months to work on the stadium, structural repairs are still not completed.
The names of 7,300 season ticket holders in High Kop and High Tilton were put on the ballot last night – each will be guaranteed only one of the next two home games against Stoke on Saturday or against Bournemouth Wednesday.
These supporters are due to receive an email today describing the election results, informing them which of the two matches they can watch. The match tickets will be displayed at the same time.
While repairs continue, 3,346 season ticket holders will be accommodated in the Gil Merrick and main stand for the Stoke game, 4,613 in the same stands for Bournemouth.
Any Birmingham fan who is not a season ticket holder who has purchased a ticket to either match will not be able to attend, but has been promised a full refund within 30 days .
Away supporters who have purchased tickets can still be there as expected.
Birmingham are hoping the Kop and Tilton stands are fully open in time for their next home game – against Derby on September 10. But that depends a lot on the progress made over the next four weeks by construction contractors trying to make the stands structurally sound. .
Club officials have criticized the entrepreneurs for informing them belatedly that neither of the two stands will be ready for Birmingham’s next two home games.