ROTHERHAM’S game against Bolton on New Year’s Day was overshadowed by the exit strategy for home fans.
Yet again, New York Way was closed to home fans and reserved for the 900 travelling fans whilst all 9,000 home fans were herded through a small exit past the Rotherham Council building.
This exit is narrow and unsuitable for the numbers and resulted in a large number of fans being essentially trapped waiting to get out for around ten minutes.
People were standing in close proximity (against Covid advice) and presented a safety risk if the crowd started to surge.
Stewards seemed to be unable to control the exit of fans and even struggled to open the fencing once the Bolton fans had gone past.
New York Way should be split in half, allowing both sets of fans to exit.
As a season ticket holder, this ridiculous exit strategy happens way too often and poses a safety risk.
The football club and police need to review the strategy and come up with something sensible before the home fans’ patience wears out and they start to ignore the rules.