Not sure, I believe the reason for it being built that way is to incorporate the classrooms ( financed jointly by the football foundation and the adjacent Westlands School) and changing rooms I think.I didn't realise that the seating didn't go all the way to pitch side. Are the areas between the stairs for disabled supporters?
Is it me, or is the bottom tier at a steeper angle than the top tier of the dolman stand?But is it really standing our just walkway/concourse. Looks a lot like the dolman stand at ashton gate, before they replaced the stairways with a lower tier of seating. This area was meant solely for entry/exit to the seating above but predictably it was busy with people throughout most games wanting a closer view of the action. Personally, the closer to the pitch the better in my opinion.
I like the Dolman Stand, as indeed I generally like Ashton Gate..mainly because it's an old ground I suppose.Yes the lower tier needed to be steeper so that a small walkway could be retrained in front of it since the dolman has no vomitories.
The stand is a bit of a death trap if you ask me and an accident waiting to happen. The upper tier steps are fairly steep themselves, and to get out you have to walk down to the small walkway in between tiers(seen in the old photo) and then traverse to open stairwells tacked onto either side of the stand. As you can imagine, hundreds of people on one very long, thin and steep stair is a bit hairy. People are different - some are impatient or in a rush to get out, some seem to want to take all day. Some need to take all day as they're old. Some stop for no reason, some decide it quicker to jump and climb down over the seats!
Anyway, I digress. You don't see many stands with a steeper lower than upper. I wonder if it is unique? One thing's for sure though, the views are great from every seat in the Dolman.