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Ipswich Town CEO Mark Ashton reveals 750 Portman Road season ticket holders will have seats moved as part of mult-million pound stadium upgrade





Next season, 750 Ipswich Town season ticket holders will have their seats relocated to other places in Portman Road due to Premier League rules, club CEO Mark Ashton has revealed.

After the delight of promotion back to the Premier League, the 52-year-old stated attentions have quickly turned to getting the club ready for the first game back in England’s top flight next season.

Ashton, Luke Werhun (chief operation officer) and Tom Ball (chief financial officer) were at the Premier League’s offices for ‘three or four hours’ where they looked at the rules and regulations that the Blues will have to comply with next campaign.

One of those rules is the amount of away tickets given to opposition supporters, which will have an affect on home season ticket holders.

Speaking to TownTV, Ashton, who hopes fans will be ‘understanding’, said: “We will have circa 750 season ticket holders who will be relocated to other places in the stadium.

“Why? We currently give, under Football League rules, circa 2,000 tickets to away fans. That now has to increase to 3,000.

“Again, we’ve looked at the different options, the increase from the 2,000 to the 3,000 will be predominantly upper Cobbold and S Block in lower Cobbold.

“What I would ask fans to do is just breathe. Please do not contact the ticket office or customer services trying to get ahead of this. We know who you are and we will be in contact with you really, really quickly and we’ll give you alternatives.

“But it doesn’t matter how long you’ve sat in that seat, you will be moving. And respectfully I ask you to understand why. We have no alternative.”

The moving of season ticket holders also comes as Portman Road – which will look like a ‘like a building site’ in the coming weeks – will have to upgrade from a six-camera feed to a 46-camera feed, alongside Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which will cause changes to some supporters in the upper West Stand.

Ashton stated the fans will be contacted ‘very shortly’.

Moreover, a new TV gantry will be installed in the upper West Stand as well as Sky broadcast facilities overlooking the Portman Road pitch, as part of multi-million pound upgrade to the stadium – which Ashton admitted the club have ‘no choice’ but to do.

He added: “Our floodlights are currently around 750, 800 wattage and we’ve got to go up to around 1,700/1,800 wattage for the whole stadium for the inner bowl and we’ll move to an LED system.

“Again, the whole stadium is going to look very, very different under lights, but these are minimum requirements.”