Hatters get the go ahead to relocate smaller away followings
For the first time in 22 years the Oak Road end will be available in its entirety for Hatters fans to watch competitive leagues matches at Kenilworth Road.
The Oak Road stand turnstiles will open to Town supporters for the Skrill Premier fixtures with Hyde, on 12th October, and against Southport, on 9th November.
Away supporters will be switched to block A of the Kenilworth Road stand lower tier for these two games and other similar matches where the anticipated levels of visiting support are predicted to be equally as low.
Tickets for the Oak Road end will be available to the Club’s partner schools and community groups, as well as Hatters fans who wish to wallow in the nostalgia of a return to a spot where they once watched in the past.
Town managing director Gary Sweet told lutontown.co.uk: “Not since the 1990/91 season have home supporters been able to have this end of the ground to themselves, and we thrilled at the prospect of seeing Luton fans behind both goals for these two matches.
“It’s something we have been working on securing for a number of years and we must thank the Safety Advisory Group for their time and, ultimately, their decision to allow away supporters to be relocated to the Kenilworth Road stand.
“We’d also like to thank those season ticket holders in the lower tier of the Kenilworth Road end who have graciously and willingly relocated for this trial period.
“Not only will it allow supporters to be reunited with a much-loved section of Kenilworth Road, but, in a couple of blocks of the Oak Road, it will enable us to offer more tickets to our partnership clubs and local schools in the community, as we’ll be utilising the additional capacity to give access to our numerous community programmes and help attract our next generation of Hatters.
“When I first started following Luton in the 1970s I stood here, and I am sure there are also a number of supporters who will be looking forward to revisiting an area of the ground they haven’t stepped foot in for several decades.
“I don’t think there is an area inside the stadium which can generate a better level of noise so, given our passionate support anyway, we are all looking forward to these matches with great anticipation. There is no doubt that this move will further enhance the atmosphere inside the ground.”
Any local junior football club or school interested in a bulk booking of tickets in the Oak Road stand should contact the ticket office by either calling 01582 416976 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season tickets holders who wish to transfer to the Oak Road stand for these two fixtures should also contact the ticket office but must do before the day of each game. Matchday tickets for the Oak Road end will also be available to non-season ticket holders.
So, over to you! It’s been 20-odd years since home fans occupied both ends of Kenilworth Road so if you’re a former Oak Road-Ender why not retrace those steps you took as a young fan and get behind the Hatters and make some noise!