QPR CEO Lee Hoos has had his say on talk of the club moving the Family Stand to a different area of Loftus Road.

The club welcomed questions from supporters on a variety of subjects, when Hoos was asked the following:

Is there any consideration to the Family Stand moving to a different area of the stadium?

Speaking to the club's website, he said: "This is a question that has come up so often that I've decided to do a bit of independent research. My first reaction was that there's no place to move it, but then again what were the reasons for doing it in the first place and has it been successful?

"I can see the reason behind it. It was before my time but the reasons are sound. As a club, we don't have the cahce to go against the mass media clubs. Things have changed dramatically in the past 30 years with the Premier League and broadcasting. Now you've got the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City who are on TV all the time, that's why you have fans who have no association with that city, or that particular club.

Young QPR fans

"We don't have that advantage so how do we get fans to become QPR fans when kids are watching TV or on the Playstation, it's not QPR that they're seeing, it's all the big clubs. So we have to go out and make sure we capture the young fans who in 30, 40, 50 years time, that this club is still surviving. People tend to choose their team between the ages of six and ten, maybe 11, so we've got to get in at that particular time, otherwise we've lost them.

"That's why getting the families in, making it fun, making it personal, getting the players out to engage the local community is really important.

"So on the family stand i decided to have a look, because the first thing I was told was that it was always packed, and ever since the atmosphere went down it's half empty because on evening games we don't have as many people. Well that is clearly incorrect because the numbers don't lie.

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"I've looked at the numbers, and I've looked at the last 10 seasons in the Championship, and other than the 10/11 season, the Family Stand has more people in it now than in any of those seasons. In the 10/11 season we went the first 19 games unbeaten and won the league. If we won the first 19 games and won the league I'd probably expect the numbers to be higher than in the stand right now.

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"I asked the media team because I wanted to see some samples, I said don't go one way or the other and they pulled out six to eight samples, and there are some games where it's packed but a lot of games where it's not. I can see that it's not packed at all. I can tell you factually that it wasn't as full other than 10/11 season, the numbers tell me that and so does the video.

"Well how have we done in terms of young fans? We've had a massive increase, we've had a 49% increase in under-8s compared to what we've had in the 09/10 season so that's huge. In the 9-16 age group, a massive increase there which shows we are getting young fans in.

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"As weird as it might seem, i have a duty to make sure we're doing well this year, in 30 or 40 years this club needs to be here because it performs a very very important part of the community.

"For midweek games, there tends to be no-shows. People say it's because it's the family stands, it's difficult for kids to come. Well this year the Family Stand has 6.74% less no-shows than other areas of the stadium, so again that theory doesn't hold up very well.

"I need to deal with the facts. I can appreciate there's a lot of perceptions and a lot of emotions behind it, but i need to clear that away and go 'what is the situation?', the situation is that the Family Stand is doing really well.

"If the issue is about atmosphere, that'a different game. A lot of it to do with atmosphere is down to away fans. If there's 315 fans from Burton vs a full stand from Burton, that's when the atmosphere gets going to we just have to find a way round that. But the answer to the atmosphere is not due to the Family Stand."