Blackpool confirm ‘slight damage’ to Bloomfield Road pitch

Blackpool's pitch was covered for seven days due to a concert last week

Blackpool's pitch was covered for seven days due to a concert last week

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Blackpool have confirmed their Bloomfield Road pitch has been left “slightly damaged” by last week’s Neil Diamond concert.

The condition of the playing surface has been a major talking point this summer after pitch problems blighted the club’s 2014/15 Championship campaign.

Opposition managers regularly spoke out about the state of the pitch but new Pool boss Neil McDonald has suggested the problems resulted from overuse of the pitch by previous coaching staff.

The staging of the Neil Diamond concert eight days ago saw the pitch covered for a week and a photograph surfaced on social media showing a damaged area in front of the North Stand. Blackpool FC responded via its official commerical Twitter account, revealing there was “slight damage” following the concert.

Bloomfield Road has not staged any pre-season games and will host its first match of the season when Rochdale visit in League One on August 15.

The club has also revealed that Pool have 4,600 season ticket holders for the coming season, most of them entering the second year of two-season deals.

The Gazette revealed a week ago that the Seasiders are anticipating their lowest attendance figures in a decade as many fans turn their back on the club.

An independent ombudsman stated that around 3,800 season ticket holders were in the middle of two-year deals.

Gazette sources back then indicated that only around 300 new season tickets had been sold for the coming season.

But in an update yesterday the club confirmed that figure has now increased, leaving a total of 4,600 so far.