IPSWICH Town will conduct a pitch and stadium inspection at 9am tomorrow morning to determine whether their Championship match against Barnsley at Portman Road can go ahead.

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The playing surface has been well protected by a protective hot-air tent all week, but there are concerns that significant snowfall tonight would leave the stadium and surrounding areas unsafe for supporters.

A statement on the club website reads: “Referee Nigel Miller will be taking a look at the Portman Road surface and warm-up areas as early as possible once the pitch covers have been removed at 9am. The stadium and access areas will also be checked for safety purposes before a decision is made on whether the game can go ahead.

“Much will depend on how much snow falls overnight but the club have a 10-strong emergency staff working through the night to help get the game on.

“Club office staff worked for three hours this morning to help the groundstaff shift the overnight snow, which has been stacked in the front of the Cobbold and Co-op stands.

“Supporters in the lower tier of the Cobbold Stand will be upgraded to the upper tier should the game go ahead. They should access through their normal turnstiles and will be issued with new tickets at that point.

“Only the first few rows at the front will be affected in the lower Co-op Stand. Supporters in this area should check with stewards as they enter the stand and those sitting in the ‘snow covered seats’ will be allocated new seats in the upper tier.”

All fans are advised to check with the official club website (www.itfc.co.uk) and Twitter account (@Official_ITFC) tomorrow morning for the latest information.

4 comments

  • Hope it's called off good and early,don't want to drive 50 dodgy miles for nothing

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Perhaps Mick the No Loans Man and the shiny new Barnsley manager would like to call it off mid-way through the first half so those daft enough to go can relive those magical moments of supreme indifference to the paying public that was last year's Boro game.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Unlike John, I hope it's not called of. We've got a good chance of a rare home win for heavens sake!

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • One might think that the match should not be played - why? Because of the potential risk (health and safety) to players, supporters, road users, club employees in general - of travellingworking in these conditions etc.... I would bet a large number that it will not be played or if played then called off.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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