We Meet Again – BIAS meets with Jon Varney (CEO Brentford Football Club)

BIAS met with Jon Varney, CEO Brentford Football Club on the 3rd February to review how the new season ticket process and stadium were progressing.

Jon is delighted with the feedback that has been received to date from people visiting the Reservation Centre to purchase their new season tickets and this has been borne out by the feedback that we have also received since the season ticket sales process started in January. Jon accepted that there is still a long way to go but the Club remains on track to complete all season ticket holders by the end of March and all Members by the end of April.

Please note that all season ticket holders should have received an email or phone call from the Club by now, to confirm which month they are eligible to purchase their season tickets – If you have not had contact with the Club you will need to call the Reservation Centre on 0203 750 9705.

The building of the new stadium continues at a pace, with the Club expecting to receive the keys to the stadium during the coming months when the more detailed work can commence around the supporter experience. There is a high level of confidence that the new ground will be ready well ahead of the new season.

The Club are working hard on various initiatives to help supporters with the transition from Griffin Park to the new stadium and are planning to issue a ‘Fan Guide’ in the near future to provide more details on the new stadium. BIAS have agreed to help bring this together.

Further Focus Groups for Transport, Catering and Technology will also be held over coming months and BIAS will continue to provide input into these and provide updates from these meetings on this site.

BIAS also discussed the prospect of Safe Standing in the West Stand following an interim report from the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) stating that stadium seating areas that incorporate barriers have a positive impact on spectator safety. With the building work at our new stadium at a critical stage, Jon confirmed that they will not be adding any risk to the stadium completion date by installing safety rails ahead of next season and therefore the new stadium must be regarded as an all seater stadium. The Club remains supportive of safe standing and will review the position once legislation has changed and the implications of this (including financial) have been fully understood.

BIAS position on this is clear, we support the choice for supporters to stand and we will work with the Club bring this into effect at the new stadium as soon as this is practical.

We continue to have regular meetings with Jon and other high-level officials of the club. We have very open and clear lines of communication to put forward ideas or concerns on our membership’s behalf to the people that run the club.

As always, the strength of BIAS’ influence is based on the number and activity of our members. If you are not a member, help add to that voice, and join TODAY at bias.org.uk/join – it is now FREE and only takes a couple of minutes.