Birmingham City have this afternoon released the following statement regarding the immediate closure of the Kop and Tilton Road Stands at St Andrew’s:
Following an annual structural survey of St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, it has been identified that remedial work is required on the Kop and Tilton Stands and therefore both stands will be closed until further notice.
We would like to reassure supporters that work will begin at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure a safe return to a fully functional stadium.
The match schedule for both Birmingham City and Coventry City will not be impacted and the fulfilment of home fixtures will continue uninterrupted, in accordance with the Club’s Behind Closed Doors Operational Plan.
Should Birmingham be reclassified as Tier Two in the coming months, the Club will still be able to host a reduced capacity in both the Gil Merrick Stand and Main Stand in accordance with government guidelines and sign off from the local Safety Advisory Group.
Dong Ren, CEO, Birmingham City Football Club, said: “The safety of all who attend St. Andrew’s remains of paramount importance to the Football Club. We are in continuous dialogue with all relevant authorities to ensure the continued safe occupation of our facilities.”
Dave Boddy, Coventry City Chief Executive, added: “Birmingham City informed us earlier this week of this survey and have worked with us since then to make sure there is as little disruption to us as possible.
“Our match schedule is unaffected and there will only be minor changes to our matchday operation as it stands currently.
“Plans for the return of Coventry City supporters, when allowed, will be amended and communicated in due course.”