Small bet365 Stadium change Stoke City hope will be significant as they kick off home season

Small bet365 Stadium change Stoke City hope will be significant as they kick off home season

Stoke City fans will notice a small change when they take their seats in the bet365 Stadium for the game against Blackpool this afternoon. The pitch has been narrowed, if only from 68 metres to 66m - and still two metres wider than when it went to the then-minimum allowed back in 2008 after winning promotion to the Premier League. It was redrawn to 66m for the Europa League in 2012/13 and put up to 68m under Mark Hughes in 2017. The length remains the same at 105m. Michael O'Neill explained: "It's a yard smaller on either side, it's not dramatically smaller. When we assessed last season we felt that …
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