IPSWICH Town will keep the lower tier of the Cobbold Stand clear for Saturday’s visit of Barnsley just in case a large amount of snow needs to be moved there.

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A hot air tent has been in place over the Portman Road pitch all week and is expected to protect the pitch against temperatures of just below freezing having already survived a night of minus eight degrees this week.

The only danger to the Championship game being postponed would be heavy snowfall on Friday night and Saturday morning, but the Blues have put contingency plans in place should this happen.

Supporters in the lower tier of the Cobbold Stand will be re-housed in the upper tier so that any standing snow – forecast to be between two and 10 inches – can be quickly moved into the empty seats by the side of the pitch.

“We don’t know how much snow we are dealing with but we may have to shift a lot off the pitch and the easiest way to do that is via the Cobbold Stand,” Town chief executive Simon Clegg told the club website.

“We need to ‘free up’ access to stack up the snow in the lower tier of the stand so all supporters in that area will be issued tickets for the upper tier when they come through the turnstiles on Saturday.

“Our groundstaff are confident the pitch will be fine but the snow – and the quantity of it – is the problem. We have plans in place and will be doing everything possible to get the game on.”

– Check this website for updates.

2 comments

  • If we have more snow would prefer the match to be played at a later date rather than drive 50 miles on potentially tricky roads, but I can understand the club needs the income - and hopefully the points!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • "Between two and ten inches"? I think you mean between two and ten centimetres. If there were the possibility of ten inches of snow, there would be a red warning from the Met Office of severe transport disruption. Are sub-editors a thing of the past?

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    James Lakin

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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