EXCLUSIVE: If more than 5,000 fans turn up to see Gold Coast United this Sunday, they won’t be turned away despite a cap in place, say the A-League club.
United have clarified the 5000 fan cap rule that was reintroduced to much media outrage in the lead-up to the club's last home game.
In that 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory, just 3624 fans turned up. With media hysteria over the cap (which was also introduced briefly last season to a similar outcry) the club have clarified the rule saying no fans will be turned away - even after a 5000th click of the turnstiles.
What's more, the stadium will be ready to accommodate extra fans on top of the cap figure should that eventuate, say United.
In a week where the A-League has been under heavy fire over crowds, this game offers the Gold Coast a chance to stand up and be counted.
And busting the cap would send a powerful signal to those who've been criticising the club and game in recent times.
"Contrary to what's been reported in the media, if there is over 5000 attending, they won't be turned around. They won't be rejected at all," assured United CEO Clive Mensink to au.fourfourtwo.com.
"The stadium is comfortable letting people in above that 5000 amount."
With local NRL side the Titans not in action till the following week, the clash between Miron Bleiberg's side and high-flying Central Coast offers the perfect opportunity for sports fans on the glitter strip to show their support for A-League football.
And what they'll see is Socceroo striker Bruce Djite in his home debut for a United side that stunned powerhouse Perth Glory 1-0 last weekend.
What's more, the in-form Mariners are likely to give exciting Argentine playmaker Patricio Perez game time after his controversial suspension.
It looms as a tasty clash and all the club needs is another 1376 fans to bust the cap.
Mensink added: "We've said from the onset, if there's a demand there - and we hope there will be - then we'll definitely be reinvestigating the option of opening up more stands"