Stags plan to close parts of Ian Greaves Stand in 2016/17

The One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC.

The One Call Stadium, home of Mansfield Town FC.

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Mansfield Town have announced plans to close sections of the Ian Greaves Stand in season 2016/17 to help cut costs.

Some fans had complained they were being asked to move without advance warning when they turned up to buy their season tickets in the usual spot.

But today, the club said that wasn’t the case and tried to explain their plans, saying supporters should be aware that seats in blocks J, Q and R of the Ian Greaves Upper Tier will be unavailable from the start of the 2016-17 season, which will save the club money and help further improve the atmosphere inside One Call Stadium.

Seats in the aforementioned blocks will be accessible for the forthcoming season (2015-16), however, season ticket holders who currently occupy these seats should be mindful that they will be asked to relocate at the start of 2016-17.

A Mansfield Town spokesman said: “It is a sensible decision to close these areas of the ground, as it will help reduce costs in policing, stewarding and staffing.

“The club were eager to give supporters as much notice as possible regarding this decision and that is why we have delayed implementing this by a further year.

“Season ticket holders who renew in the seats mentioned can do so for this season, but will be reminded by ticket office staff upon renewal that these seats will be unavailable from 2016-17.

“We hope that our supporters will understand the reasons for this decision, and by giving such advanced notice, this should cause minimal disruption.”