GLOUCESTER Rugby are advising supporters there are significant changes to ground regulations at Kingsholm this season.
In a move that will eventually ensure Kingsholm is a no-smoking stadium, none of the viewing areas in the ground - the C&G Grandstand, High Tech Stand, Shed or West Terrace - will permit smoking this season.
However, the club will provide provision for smokers behind the High Tech Stand and in the concourse areas of the ground.
"As ever in these situations, it is impossible to please 100% of the people all of the time and we recognise there are elements of our supporters who would like the opportunity to smoke at games," said Gloucester's operations manager, Sean Roberts.
"In time, we would like to move the stadium to a smoke-free zone but this allows us to introduce that measure in stages and we believe that is better for our supporters inside the ground as a whole."
The other change at the stadium for the 2008-9 season will be the gate opening times. The ground will now not be open until 2 hours before kick-off and Roberts added: "The draw on resources was unnecessary, particularly as 98% of supporters arrive within two hours of the kick off.
"So much goes into ensuring the stadium is fit and ready for use that the extra hour will also be critical and we hope supporters can understand why we have fallen into line with other Premiership clubs."
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
21 year old number eight Lewis Ludlow formed part of a physical back row effort in the 23-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup over Zebre on Saturday. Speaking to GRTV after the game, he spoke of making the most of his chances and being happy to contribute to the Gloucester win.
Gloucester United kick off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Monday evening (kick off 7pm) and have named a side which features lots of first team experience.