Jersey Reds to adjust plans for big screen at St Peter
DESPITE an early setback, Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan is confident plans to install an LCD ‘big screen’ at Stade Santander will come to fruition.
The Reds’ first application, submitted on 27 March,was supported by the Parish of St Peter and Ports of Jersey, but was rejected on the grounds that the screen, believed to be proposed for the Airport corner (north-west), would be visually dominant and cause serious harm to the landscape character. Proposed dimensions for the screen were 6.7m x 3.8m, and the application stated it would feature a ‘Welcome to Jersey’ banner on the rear.
However, Morgan says adjustments are being made to tick the necessary boxes.
‘The main driving force behind it was our desire to improve the match day experience for supporters,’ he explained.
‘Getting the first application rejection, it’s a temporary setback really as we are working with planning to meet their requirements while achieving what we want.
‘It’s a bit of “backwards and forwards” in working to find that middle ground and I expect we will have to adjust a combination of things to achieve it, like height, position and size.
‘The benefits we see are well worth it. We will have the opportunity to show replays, stats and messages like ‘Try’ or ‘Respect the kicker’. We won’t have TMO [television match official] as it is not used in the Championship.
‘The overall hope is to improve spectator numbers, and I think by improving the spectator experience and increasing the lines of interest it will bring more people to the ground.’
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