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Support continues to grow, AGM told

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Leicester Tigers hope to welcome even more supporters to the Tigers Family with the continued development of facilities at Welford Road.Shareholders and directors attended the club’s Annual General Meeting at Welford Road on Monday afternoon as the Tigers reported an operating profit of £479,000 and a record turnover of more than £20million for the year ending in June 2015.   Tigers director David Abell, presenting the Business Review at the AGM, said: “Our supporters and partners all play a part in the Club. The revenues we generate enable full support of the playing squad and the continued investment in facilities, including the new West Stand which will take capacity up towards 26,000.   “The World Cup ended very disappointingly for our national team, but the tournament attracted significant interest to the game and we hope this will, in turn, bring more new faces to Welford Road, either as supporters or potential commercial partners.   “Support for the Tigers continues to set the standard in English rugby and in 2014/15 we enjoyed record levels of season ticket sales. The average attendance at Aviva Premiership fixtures at Welford Road was nearly 22,500 – more than 93 per cent of stadium capacity. In 2015/16 we hope to welcome even more supporters as we open the new West Stand as part of our continued work on upgrading facilities.   “We see the Welford Road matchday experience as our greatest advertisement and we continue to attract new supporters.”   Tigers confirmed that more than 14,000 supporters had booked season ticket places for 2015/16.    “In every new season we face challenges to remain at the forefront of the game,” Abell added. “But every year we adapt and formulate plans for the continued growth of this great club.”   At the meeting, the club issued the following statement regarding questions on the Premiership Rugby salary cap: “The Premiership clubs agreed to keep all aspects of the Salary Cap Settlement confidential and it disappoints us that most clubs have chosen another path.   “At our Annual General Meeting today, the Board made a statement that it is only fair to all our stakeholders to clarify now that our decision not to comment before today should not be taken as confirmation of our involvement in any settlement with Premiership Rugby.   “We are pleased that the way forward with the Salary Framework Agreement should lead to English clubs being more competitive in European competition.  There will be no further comment on the matter from Leicester Tigers.”