Cup winners miss out on climb up Wembley steps
There will be no walk to the Royal Box for the winners at Wembley, but the FA Cup final will retain one lasting tradition when Abide With Me will be sung before the showpiece event in the calendar.
The hymn, written by Henry Francis Lyte, has been played at every final since 1927 and will be one of the features of an afternoon unlike any other when the last two teams meet in the oldest competition in football.
Emeli Sande will sing from the rooftop of the stadium in a pre-recorded performance that will be played to those behind closed doors at the national stadium and to television viewers around the globe.
It will be the first final played without fans, with the threat of coronavirus closing the turnstiles to Arsenal and Chelsea fans.
As usual, the national anthem will be performed live within the stadium, with the British Youth Opera singing while the teams line up on the pitch in the final moments before the final starts.
Artificial crowd noise will be played in the stadium, unlike at the 92 Premier League matches during Project Restart. The noise is being created from genuine mental health conversations with fans and players, which is part of the Football Association dedicating this year’s tournament to its “Heads Up” campaign, encouraging people to discuss their mental well-being.
There will be no presentation party and the post-match trophy presentation will take place on the pitch, instead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Cesar Azpilicueta climbing the steps to get their hands on the Cup. Players will collect medals themselves from a table to limit the risk of Covid-19 spread.
Going global: Emeli Sande will sing Abide With Me from the roof of Wembley Stadium in a pre-recorded performance