Coates confident Stoke will improve home attendances

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is confident of improving home attendances.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is confident of improving home attendances.

Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City attracted a modest crowd of just 25,052 – some 2,500 short of Stoke’s matchday capacity– and the attendance for their previous game against Crystal Palace was only 200 higher.

“We are a bit disappointed with Saturday’s attendance,” Coates told The Sentinel, “and it is something we are looking at and hoping to address.

“Our season-ticket sales are down, although I don’t have the precise figure of how much, and therefore we have to fill more seats on match days.

“We are looking at a number of initiatives I’d rather not go into at the moment, but we do feel they can work.

“I think the reason for the fall in season-ticket sales could be a reflection of the fact we had a difficult second half to last season.”

 
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