Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs hopes 'feel-good factor' will boost attendances
Chairman Nick Higgs is hopeful that the 'feel-good factor' will once again persuade supporters to turn out in their numbers when Bristol Rovers continue their survival bid with a clash against Wycombe Wanderers at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Higgs welcomed the largest crowd at the Memorial Stadium in a league game for three years when 8,527 arrived for a 2-1 victory over Barnet for a Friday night game at the start of February.
That the switch to from the traditional Saturday afternoon slot was such a resounding success will persuade Higgs to consider staging further Friday night games next season – but the chairman is hoping to break the 8,000 barrier again when Rovers play at the Memorial Stadium on a Saturday for the first time in over a month this coming weekend.
"I thought the Barnet game was a resounding success, although I am fully aware that there were other factors that contributed to the size of the gate," said Higgs.
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"I think the fact we hadn't played a game at home for almost a month and the team were on the back of two fantastic away wins were major contributing factors.
"We also had a number of special offers running, there was also an opportunity to see Edgar Davids playing for Barnet and it was the first game at the Memorial Stadium since Sainsbury's had been granted planning permission to move our new stadium a step closer.
"I was still pleasantly surprised by the size of the crowd because we had estimated that we may possibly get a gate of around 7,500.
"To break the 8,500 mark was a fantastic effort so the possibility of mixing it up a bit with some Friday night games throughout the season is something we will be looking to pursue going forward.
"There is something a bit special about playing games under the floodlights and it is also an opportunity for some of our supporters who can't make it on a Saturday to come along and watch the team play.
"We just hope that we continue to see a similar amount of people come through the gate for the Wycombe game on Saturday.
"There is a feel-good factor around the club right now and if the team can keep doing the business on the pitch it will persuade people to come along and be a part of it."