Chelsea: Seating issue could see some fans miss season opener

Last update on.From section FootballChelsea has resorted to Stamford Bridge seatingChelsea has warned their fans that a seating problem could prevent them from attending the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.Club members have replaced seats in the Matthew Harding Lower Stand, Lower Stand, and Shed Upper Stand with rail seating at Stamford Bridge.Their supplier cannot guarantee that the Matthew Harding Stand will remain complete for the match.According to the club, blocks 8-9, 14, 15, and 16 could be affected.Chelsea, who won Wednesday's Super Cup, says they cannot say how many of their fans might be affected and will announce a final number on Friday at 15:00 BST. They have already created compensation plans for those who were affected.Season ticket holders and members receive a pro-rata return, a refund for reasonable prebooked travel, and a complimentary ticket for one of their first three Champions League group matches.The club stated that they are doing all we can to prevent it, even working 24 hours at the factory, but wanted to inform supporters about this possibility so they can plan accordingly."We are sorry for the situation and we could have done better. Although we tried to avoid it, the custom nature of the fittings means that we cannot wait to see if the supplier is able to meet our fitting and manufacturing deadlines.