Nottingham Forest: Championship club have their capacity reduced by 20%

City Ground
The usual capacity of Nottingham Forest's City Ground is 30,445

Nottingham Forest's capacity has been reduced by 20% by Nottinghamshire County Council to fewer than 25,000.

The Reds had their capacity reduced to zero earlier this month when the council revealed they did not have a required safety certificate holder.

The Championship club have now been granted their certificate but the City Ground will only be able to hold 24,357 people - a reduction of 6,088.

Forest begin their 2016-17 campaign at home to Burton Albion on 6 August.

The initial delay was because the council were not satisfied that a suitable person was found to fill the role as certificate holder - a legal requirement for sports clubs - but this issue has now been rectified.

"We are pleased that Nottingham Forest has now put forward a suitable person to take on the crucial role of safety certificate holder," said Nottinghamshire County Council's Robert Fisher.

Nottingham Forest's City Ground
Nottingham Forest have been at the City Ground since 1898

"However, the council and our Safety Advisory Group partners need to be confident that the club is fully supporting the certificate holder to fulfil their role and unfortunately a number of concerns remain."

A statement from Forest said: "The club will continue to work in partnership with the council in order to address the outstanding issues to ensure that the safety factor is restored to full capacity as quickly as possible."

The Reds, who host Premier League Hull City in pre-season game on Saturday, had attendances higher than 24,357 three times last season - against Derby County in November (25,114), the visit of Leeds United in December (27,551) and the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Watford (24,703).

Fisher added: "We require evidence to demonstrate that safety matters are discussed in senior management meetings at the club.

"We also await an action plan for improvements to the facilities for visiting disabled spectators and an up-to-date written safety policy outlining roles at the club.

"As a consequence of this, a restriction on spectator capacity is required until these issues are resolved.

"The council is continuing to work closely with the club to see that an appropriate action plan is carried out to address remaining issues, so we are able to restore the club's previous full capacity status over the coming weeks."

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