It's game on for Swindon Town
9:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Latest News
EXCITEMENT is expected to reach fever pitch at a sold-out County Ground tonight as last-minute preparations kicked into top gear.
Swindon Town tonight take on Premier League giants Chelsea in the third round of the League Cup and the final touches, including ensuring the floodlights are all present and correct and there are enough burgers for hungry fans, have been put in place for the sell-out crowd who are coming to cheer on the Robins.
More than 100 police are understood to be on duty to manage the crowds, due to the sheer volume of people who will be descending on SN1 after work this evening, but officers are not expecting any disorder ahead of the cup tie.
DC James Neighbour, football intelligence officer for Wiltshire Police, said: “We have been planning for the Chelsea match since the draw was made and we will have appropriate numbers on duty that evening, “It is not a local derby and I don’t think the two teams have played each other since 1994, and as it’s a cup game, we expect people willl be going to enjoy the day.
“We will obviously have extra officers on due to the number of extra people travelling through the town centre on a work day and it is our job to assist the club and make sure it goes smoothly.”
With every ticket sold, the turnstiles are set to be put to the test so the club are urging fans to arrive as early as possible to soak up the atmosphere and avoid missing the start of the game.
The gates are due to open at 6.30pm this evening it asked that fans turn up as close to that time as possible.
Mark Isaacs, the stadium manager, said: “What we don’t want to see are huge queues outside the ground at 7.30pm with fans then missing the start of the game. We want people to arrive as close to 7pm as possible they can enjoy as much of the occasion as possible.”
The club have also warned there will be no parking at the ground available due to the vehicles Sky are using to broadcast the game live.
Spring Gardens car park, off Fleming Way, has 665 spaces and will be staying open until 11.30pm tonight to accommodate the extra cars.
“We have had a meeting with the council and the police so a lot of planning has gone into it,” said Mark.
“There are obviously at lot of extra fans at the game so we need to be as prepared as possible.”
Extra provision is being made within the ground to cope with approximately 15,000 fans.
Lindley Venue Catering, who provide food and drink at the ground’s kiosks, have said they expect to be flipping more than 1,000 burgers this evening.
They have increased all stock by 50 percent and drafted in extra staff to cope with the increase in customers.
A marquee has been erected on the cricket pitch next door to cater for more than 400 people, who will be eating a three-course meal as part of the VIP package for the match.
Mark said: “Overall I think we can be pleased with how things have gone. The ticket sales went well and we were fair to our loyal supporters.
“There is a good feeling around the ground following the Bristol game but as is the nature with Tuesday games there is a quick turn around so we will be ready for Chelsea.”
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