PRESS STATEMENT: Wolves v WakefieldA preliminary meeting has been held between the Club and Council Officials. The Police have been contacted by the Club for their views in regards to the match on Saturday 21 February at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.There have been rumours in the media that up to 2000 fans were locked out of the stadium this is untrue.The match was a sell-out and our turnstile monitoring equipment confirms that 13,943 fans, in total, were in the Stadium prior to kick-off.In the south and west stands the internal concourses were full with supporters trying to access the standing terraces, unfortunately the early arrivals on the terraces were reluctant to make room for those late arrivals.Ensuring the safety of spectators is the Club's priority. The safety team on duty took the decision to close the turnstiles temporarily on the south stand at 5.28pm and on the west stand at 6.00pm whilst those fans inside were moved into the terracing area. This message was transmitted over the external PA. However, we understand that not everyone was aware of the situation.At 6.22 pm several turnstiles were re-opened and those fans who waited were let into the ground, albeit late.We have studied the CCTV coverage of this situation and estimate that there were no more than 250 spectators outside the ground at 6.00pm.The Club sincerely apologies to those fans that did not gain entry for whatever the reason and all lessons learnt by the club will be acted upon for the future.We will be contacting the fans that were unable to gain entry to the game and who have since contacted the Club. The Club is seeking to re-dress each case individually.
24, Feb, 2004