Update: CEFO Group Stand
The CEFO Group Stand will open for the first time when South Shields host Hyde United on Saturday.
The front four rows will be accessible, meaning all those with a season ticket in the stand will be able to sit in the seat they booked.
Almost 700 seats will be open, and over 500 of them have already been secured by supporters for the Hyde game, either for season tickets or for this match alone. The central sections are almost sold out but there remains good availability in the two outside sections, with seats available to purchase until 12pm on Friday by clicking here.
The club is greatly excited to be in a position to open the stand and hopes fans are just as enthused about what promises to be a historic day.
However, we must remind supporters that the stand remains incomplete and there are a number of improvements which will be made in the coming weeks and months to greatly enhance the matchday experience.
A further two rows of seating will be installed, as well as executive boxes at the back of the stand. A new club shop, bar, boardroom, toilets and catering facilities will also be introduced in 2022.
Of more immediate concern is an issue which has arisen regarding the sight-lines of several seats in the CEFO Group Stand, particularly in the front row.
The solid protective sheeting which has been fixed to the stairwells has resulted in small sections of the pitch being out of view from a number of vantage points. This is a design flaw on the part of the stand’s designers which we instructed them to rectify as soon as it came to light.
At the time the club made the decision to open the stand for the game against Hyde, we were led to believe a solution would have been found and implemented ahead of Saturday.
However, due to manufacturing delays, those alterations will now not be possible until a later date.
This is hugely frustrating for the club and the designers of the stand have been tasked with devising and executing a plan to resolve this at the earliest opportunity.
Despite that disappointment, we are confident that supporters watching the game from the stand will enjoy more than a flavour of just what a superb matchday experience they have to look forward to in the years to come.
This truly is a huge step forward for the club, with the facility having the potential to have a transformative impact on our long-term future.
The remarkable development of the ground would not have been possible without your incredible support over the last seven years and you should feel proud to have played your part in it.
It’s time to open the next chapter of our exciting journey.