IMPROVEMENTS START AT IMPACT ARENA
Wednesday May 16, 2012
ALFRETON Town have unveiled plans for several improvements to the Impact Arena, the majority of which will be undertaken throughout the early part of the summer.
The curtain finally came down on the Impact Arena last weekend with the playing of the Mansfield CHAD league finals.
At the first opportunity to be able to commence improvements to the stadium, Monday of this week, work began to maintain and improve an already magnificent Impact Arena playing surface.
Groundsman Rob Brooks has been busy applying £5000 worth of upgrade to the surface with 100 tonnes of a sand and soil mixture top soil being put down, 14 bags of grass seed drilled in by a contractor and verti-draining set to take place to aerate the soil.
The club?s excellent surface received praise from several visiting clubs last season and Brooks has been named amongst the top five groundsmen in the Conference Premier last season, the winner of which is expected to be announced in September.
The works are just part of a £60,000 package of improvements to the stadium which will add to supporter benefits when attending the ground.
The club have organised the first stages to having a roof installed over the Bentley Close seating area. Cover is expected to be in place within the season the club are heading into, but firstly, the club have had to seek a foundation report and await results from it, before they can actually sink any steel.
The club are also installing temporary acommodation for visiting officials behind the Tom McRoy stand and a new toilet block is also being installed behind the Tom McRoy stand. None of the works will reduce the capacity, but will enhance the facilities.
Reds supporters will also once again have the use of the John Harrison Bar for each and every fixture.
The facilities had to utilised by the club for two fixtures towards the end of the season when match day sponsors had been over-booked.
The club had no choice but to acknowledge that because of the lack of movement, of people particularly, that they had no choice but to take over the John Harrison bar for the two fixtures.
However, new plans have been put in place to house additional match day sponsors during the 2012/13 season within other areas of the ground.
All of which means Alfreton fans are getting the return of the John Harrison bar as well as the Reds bar for the sole use of home supporters.
Meanwhile, club chairman Wayne Bradley has said he is very pleased with the instant early uptake of season tickets since renewal forms went out at the end of last week.
Early bird season tickets and ten match tickets are already proving popular as fans make sure they take advantage of big savings over the season.
The admission for each of the 23 league games next season will be £18 for adults, £12 for concessions (over-60s and children aged under 16) and £3 for Junior Reds.
But fans are taking advantage and making huge savings by purchasing early.
Individual admission has increased to £18 per game, but a ten match ticket - which can be used for any ten league fixtures throughout the course of the season - brings the cost down to £15 per game. And there is nothing to stop an individual purchasing a second one once the first one has been used up.
Membership for Junior Reds remains at the bargain price of just £5 for the season.
Early bird season tickets will be available up to June 30, 2012, and are priced at £289 for adults, £194 for concessions, £150 for a ten-match ticket, with concessions paying £100 for the ten-match option.
After the June 30 deadline, tickets increase to £310 for adults, £206 for concessions and £160 for a Ten-match ticket, £110 for ten-match concessions.
Fans paying £18 individually for each game would pay a total of £414 for 23 league games.
If they purchase a season ticket at the discounted price of £289, that works out at just £12.56 per game, of which only £10.48 goes to the club after VAT is taken off. After the early bird deadline, the price per individual game would work out at £13.47 for an adult.
The message from the club is simple. The more money the club generate, the more the club can spend on the facilities and the team. Season tickets, ten-match tickets and junior reds applications can be ordered by contacting Lisa Towerzey on 01159 392090 extension 107 between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday. Payment can be made via credit card or by cheque in the post to ATFC Seaston Tickets, Impact Marketing and Publicity Limited, Media House, 116-118 Derby Road, Stapleford, Nottinghamshire NG9 7AD.