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      Club Arbroath
      Official Website https://www.arbroathfc.co.uk
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    • Ground Information
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      Opened 1880
      Capacity 6,600 seats
      Record Attedance
      Pitch Size: 105 m × 65 m
      Pitch Type Grass
      Heating No

    Gayfield Park, commonly known as Gayfield, is a football stadium in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland. It is the home ground of Scottish Professional Football League team Arbroath F.C. The club have played at Gayfield since 1880, although the pitch has only been on its current alignment since the ground was redeveloped in 1925. The ground has a capacity of 6,600, including 861 seats.

    Arbroath F.C. was formed in 1878 and played at Woodville Park and Hospitalfield before acquiring a former rubbish tip on the seafront to build Gayfield. The new ground was opened in 1880, with the first match being a Scottish Cup tie against Rob Roy. The original site was very cramped, with no room for spectators on the Dundee Road side; when Rangers lost to Arbroath in the Scottish Cup they protested that the pitch was too small, saying they had been "beaten on a back green", and won the replayed tie. In September 1885, Arbroath played Bon Accord in the Scottish Cup at Gayfield and won 36–0, which remains a British record score for a senior football match.

    Arbroath joined the Scottish Football League in 1921, with the first League match at Gayfield being against Johnstone. The club's plans to construct a "Greater Gayfield" led to the pitch being moved 60 yards, so that the original halfway line became the goal line and a stand could be constructed along Dundee Road. The new ground was opened on 29 August 1925 against East Fife. Gayfield's record attendance of 13,510 was set against Rangers in February 1952. Floodlights were first installed in 1955. The main stand had to be rebuilt following a fire in 1958. This stand was replaced in 2002 by the present main stand, which was extended in 2010.

    The stadium is situated on the sea front, to the west of Arbroath harbour, on the southern edge of the town. There is no other football stadium in Europe which is as close to the sea. Due to its position next to the North Sea, in winter fans can be exposed to severe cold and winds.

    The ground has a capacity of 6,600. The only seating area is the new single tier, covered Gayfield Stand. The stand was opened in 2002 and seats 814 spectators. The stadium has standing terracing around the entire pitch with plenty of covered terracing at the Seaforth End (South End), the East Terrace and the Harbour end (North End). When segregation is required the away fans get the Seaforth End and half of the East Terrace, but this can be reduced to just the Seaforth End if required. The pitch size is 115 by 71 yards (105 m × 65 m).

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayfield_Park

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    • By TheDarkBlues
      I naturally understand that we move with the times, and we as a club are no exception to this rule. However, there are times when you have to start questioning whether change is change just for the sake of it or whether it is indeed necessary.

      Pay at the gate, is what most punters are accustomed too. We go to the game, queue up and hand over our hard-earned cash at the turnstile and make our way to our seats to watch our team. You might even pick up a Pie and Bovril while you’re at it.

      However, times are changing, the norms are not being taken for granted anymore, and you have to queue up twice, once to purchase a ticket and then at the turnstiles.

      Take this weekend’s match for example. Our club is playing away to Arbroath, the game is considered an all ticket venue but only for away fans. Yet, home fans can still pay cash at the gate. You have to ask yourself why the discrepancy here between two different fan sets?

      To make matters worse, home fans are now expected to travel into Dundee to purchase their tickets before they head off on their away fixture.

      Asking supporters to possibly travel long distances to purchase a ticket before a football match is not acceptable. This could have been more convenient and simpler by travelling to Gayfield, paying at the gate saving on both fuel and precious time.

      Is this away game an important fixture, say a cup final with limited seating available?

      Nope, this is your typical second-tier football match shortly before Christmas and New Year. The prospects of freezing my backside off watching a poor game doesn’t bare thinking about after all that journey time.

      The official capacity of Gayfield is precisely 4.153 with 814 seating. Arbroath's attendance averages for this season average out at just over 1000 per home game.

      Even if the club were to take over 2,000 supporters (And that is being generous.) this would never be anywhere near Gayfield’s maximum attendance limit. As this would require nearly 3/4 of Dundee's normal home support travelling up the A92. It's never going to happen, not at this time of year on a poor run of form anyway.

      My critical issue with this whole debacle is we are presently living in a digital age. Most times we go online, we purchase or items and it then they are delivered to our doorstep via the post.

      Most companies these days do not send out "paper" tickets to their customers. These e-tickets are typically sent to an email address or mobile-phone app and are displayed before entering the into the stadium.

      Why are we still forcing people to queue in line to purchase paper tickets when we have an E-Tickets system already up and running? It seems counter intuitive to have an online system and not fully use it. Either let people buy tickets online or pay by cash at the gate.

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