Friday June 25, 2021
BIRMINGHAM co-owner David Mason is urging riders and fans alike to stay patient as the club plans a return to track action.

Mason has held talks with the stadium owners who in turn have had talks with Birmingham City Council over the implications of the government guidelines regarding Covid restrictions which prevent fans paying on the gate, either card or cash.

This rules out those who don’t have internet access, but the club are asking fans to purchase their entrance ticket on-line even with the help of a friend or ring the club on 07544 294420 with staff available to help.

Said Mason: “We, the Brummies, have a loyal fan base, but there is a large section who are in their 70s and 80s who don’t have computers or smart phones.

“We need everyone to stick with us, there have been some small steps of progress with the Council but they are not in a position to allow us to take payments for entrance at the gate until government restrictions are lifted although you can buy a hot dog or a drink with cash inside the stadium.

“Sadly the attendance for Birmingham v Glasgow was way below what we need to enable us to continue and we lost thousands of pounds for that one meeting.

“We take the issues and problems from the first meeting against Redcar on the chin and we know it didn’t go according to plan, but we have put systems in place to stop that from happening again and the off track organisation and on-track racing was fantastic against Glasgow.

“But the harsh reality is we need those 200-plus supporters that are staying away because they cannot pay at the gate and the bottom line is we need the fans more than ever before. “It is not an exaggeration to say that without them turning out and supporting us right here, right now, we will not be here in 2022 and we don’t want this to happen.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience and I understand this is tough on riders because they are not earning when they are not riding.

“So, we now put our trust and hope in our supporters base that they get behind and help us to keep the club going. We have put together a team who simply want to entertain and taking the in-form Glasgow to the wire shows what our team is capable of.

“Again we would like to thank all the volunteers and supporters who make it possible for speedway to carry on at Perry Barr and we will see you everyone soon.”

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