Rovers want big screen at Mem

Bristol Rovers are seeking planning permission to install a big screen next to their new stand.

The football club’s previous screen was put up for sale in May 2023 ahead of the redevelopment.

They have now submitted an application to put up a new one on the roof of the south-west stand at the Memorial Stadium in Horfield.

Last November, Bristol City Council’s development control committee approved the new South Stand with capacity for 3,414 fans despite neighbours’ objections that the building would block daylight into their homes and cause more parking problems.

Now Rovers want to improve the match-day experience for Gasheads even more by installing a screen, which could be used as a scoreboard and to show team line-ups, highlights and advertising.

Rovers’ planning agents said in a letter to the council as part of the application: “There is a lack of technology infrastructure within the stadium – a large format stadium LED screen will enhance the supporter experience by providing an effective way of increasing supporter engagement during matches.

“It can also be used to deliver essential messages to the supporters.

“The new screen will be located above the south west stand, on a supporting platform that will act as the roof to the stand and which will also offer a new TV camera position.

“As such, the new structure will be located between the West Stand, which includes a mix of seating and terraces with a row of hospitality boxes, and the newly built South Stand.

“The LED screen will increase the total height of the south west stand, but the stand is located in excess of 35m from the nearest residential properties and the screen will be a discrete element in the overall view of the stadium.”

They said the plans would have no impact on the setting of the Grade II-listed Memorial Gates at the Mem.

“The proposals allow for the continued adaption and modernisation of The Memorial Stadium as an important community facility,” they said.

The agents said the screen would face inwards towards the pitch, so there would be no glare or lighting on to neighbouring homes, and that it would be no taller than the adjacent South Stand. It would be used only on match days or events.

The documents do not say how big the screen will be but the previous one was 8m x 4m.

Bristol Rovers declined to comment.

By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service