Hull FC have advised supporters to ensure that they buy all match tickets in advance, after it was confirmed that the KC Stadium will be using unmanned turnstiles this season.
This is as a result of a decision taken by the management company who operate the KC Stadium, and the Black and Whites are keen to stress that the policy is not one that they favour.
A Hull FC club statement reads:
“The club would like to stress that this was not a Hull FC decision and not one we actively support, but we must work with the stadium management company’s ground team to ensure the process and transition is as smooth as possible to ensure our fans are not affected.
“We have made it known to the stadium management company that this policy will be difficult for all rugby fans attending games at the KC Stadium.
“We are aware of the effect this could have on our supporters, away fans and our overarching strategy to improve attendances, the match day experience and fan engagement at the KC Stadium, as we look to build a successful team on the field.
“However, this will only focus us to work even harder to improve all these areas and come up with solutions to address the repercussions of this decision by the Stadium Management Company.
“We will be announcing our new match day ticket pricing structure shortly which will include a reduction in price for those who buy a ticket in advance, hopefully easing congestion on a match day.
“We have also enquired to the Stadium Management Company to ask for the permission to use the kiosks outside the stadium in which we will provide and finance our own staff to sell unreserved tickets before a game.
“We also hope to adopt a similar strategy outside the North Stand so we can also make entry to the stadium as easy as possible for away supporters after a long journey to Hull.
“The club are strongly advising supporters to buy their tickets in advance for the next few matches and arrive earlier than normal at the turnstile as everyone gets used to the new entry system, hopefully limiting the effect it will have on Hull FC match days.
“We would like to thank all our supporters for their understanding of the matter and their ongoing support of the club.”