Torquay United look to adapt Plainmoor for post Covid-19 crowds

Torquay United's stadium at Plainmoor Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Torquay United's stadium at Plainmoor Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK - Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Torquay United are already looking at ways to 'adapt' Plainmoor to accommodate post-Covid crowds safely when the next 2020-2021 National League season starts.

Gulls CEO George Edwards has revealed the club has done a detailed reassessment of the ground and is considering a range of measures that would allow supporters both to stand and sit, with various 'social distancing' options, when action resumes.

They even include family or group 'bubbles'.

'We are doing a lot of work behind the scenes, both to make sure that the club comes out of this difficult period stronger and to allow as many people safely into Plainmoor as possible,' said Edwards.

'Very few National League teams fill their grounds. Our attendances are better than most, and we are working to find ways of accommodating them.

'Actual seating and standing issues are not as much of an issue as access and egress around the ground, but we are working on that too and we will get there.'

Early or mid-September is being suggested as a likely date for the start of next season.

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The mid-table Gulls would move up from 15th to 14th under PPG, and their vote in favour will have been cast without the pressures of promotion or relegation hanging over it.

Champions Barrow will be promoted, followed by a second club through the Play-Offs, with three clubs - Chorley, AFC Fylde and Ebbsfleet United - relegated.

But before any Play-Offs can take place, either in the NL or the NL North and South, clubs have to show that they can follow, and afford, all the Government safety protocols that also apply in the Premier League and the EFL.