Hello All – As some of you may now there is quite a number of people that sit in front of the away support in 133 that will not be renewing their seats in 133. From our understanding there is also a solid number of people that will not be renewing throughout the section. Some people are not renewing because of prices, some because of their anger at the team and then there are some not renewing in 133 due to our inability to fill a few of the upper rows consolidating the IllegitimateS. Filling the last 3-5 rows was important for a few reasons 1) It would have absorbed more of the season ticket increase in 133 and 2) It would have all but ensured the sections ability to stand for 90 minutes during Union home matches. Unfortunately, we were not able to fill these rows.
What Does This Mean For You?
1) The ability to stand and cheer when your team does something worth cheering for will never go away. However, the ability to stand and cheer for the Union for 90 minutes is VERY likely to go away. So, why is this the case? Well, there are going to be a large number single season tickets sold in this area. They already do this now at the top and they will continue to fill our seats with other youth soccer groups and game day ticket sales, especially during games where there is not a lot of away support. This means that if you are in the middle or the bottom of the section you will be forced to sit down if there is a group of people that are unable to see the game. This WILL be enforced by security. Regardless of how you feel about this, it is going to be the reality next season.
2) Since myself, Jeff and Nick are leaving the section, the FO does not have the contact with the group it once did. Meaning security is more likely to be a little less tolerant than they have been in the last 2 years. Why? Because we met with the FO and Security heads and assured them we were self-policing the section and they accepted that. However, to my knowledge there has not been many issues this year and I assume that will be the case next year.
3) No more Tifo’s, etc in the section except for the away support.
Once again, regardless of your feelings on these issues this is what you can expect next year. On a personal note, it was truly a pleasure to meet most of you. We had some very good times in 133. It saddens me a little that we were unable to get 20 people to move to the top to 133. I certainly understand that people like their seats, etc, but some times you have to sacifice for things you want and since many were not willing to do that, others will have to sacifice by moving to The River End.
I’m sure there will be questions and I am more than willing to answer anything I am able to.
Kenny H (@KenDog_3)