I cannot see that such a change will improve attendance. The attendance for last night’s key promotion game (v Port Vale) was 7,678 (805). Despite tonight’s attendance being free for those who attended the abandoned match and much discounted for others, there were only 6,873 home fans. Since the stadium capacity is 9,875 I cannot see that we will get another 3,000 fans in paying full prices.
The highest attendances at home in the last three seasons have been:
(09/10) v Port Vale - 7,096 - (H) 5,941 (A) 1,155
(10/11) v Accrington - 7,038 - (H) 6,664 (A) 374
(10/11) v Oxford - 8,817 - (H) 7,889 (A) 928
(10/11) v Torquay - 7,038 - (H) 7,666 (A) 786 [Play-off]
(11/12) v Port Vale - 7,678 - (H) 6,873 (A) 805 [Free/discounted]
With the capacity of 9,785 minus 100 Dagenham & Redbridge fans (as suggested), the home attendance would have to be 9,685. The most we have had in the last three seasons was 7,889 against Oxford – still 1,796 short.
With a stadium capacity of 9,785, and the away being 1,750 (as suggested), the seating for home fans is 8,035 – we have only got close to that on two occasions (the games against Oxford and Torquay last season).
Maybe, if all goes well with the next three games, we will see bigger attendance and the stadium fuller next season.