No access to land overlooking new stadium reminder

Friday, 14 July 2017

Scarborough Borough Council and Scarborough Athletic Football Club are reminding people that council owned land off Queen Margaret’s Road overlooking the new Flamingo Land Stadium, which is usually leased out as a donkey field, has no public right of way going through it and should not be accessed or used as a vantage point from which to watch football matches.

The reminder comes ahead of the club’s ‘homecoming’ friendly game against Sheffield United at the Flamingo Land Stadium on Saturday 15 July, when it will play in Scarborough for the first time in ten years.

While the rules around no public right of way apply to the field all the time and are usually adhered to, as a precautionary measure, the field will be manned tomorrow and on future match days by stewards from the club, who have been authorised by the council to prevent access or to require people to leave upon request.

Trevor Bull, Scarborough Athletic Football Club Chairman said:

"I know the homecoming game sold out quickly, so I encourage any fan that was unable to get a ticket to follow updates on social media and listen to all the action from the match on local radio, rather than try to access any neighbouring out of bound areas. We have another game on Tuesday night against Bridlington when supporters are not required to purchase a ticket in advance, so come and see us then when we play our first evening game."

A Scarborough Borough Council spokesperson added:

"The arrival back home of Scarborough Athletic Football Club after ten years of playing further down the coast is an occasion that should be celebrated and this should be done in the safest and most supportive manner, which is from within the fantastic new community stadium. We thank people in advance for their understanding and we wish the club and its fans all the very best for the exciting new season ahead."