Clubs drawing up plans for October return of crowds
Clubs are intensifying plans for fans to return to stadiums at the start of October. Preparations are taking place with local safety advisory groups and ticketing companies.
It is understood Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive, told clubs at the final shareholders meeting of the season that he remained confident that a return on Oct 1 – as indicated by the Government – was still possible.
Detailed mapping exercises are being drawn up for every stadium in the country to calculate how many supporters may be permitted back and when. One of the biggest concerns is how fans will enter and leave. After undergoing temperature checks, they will be asked to wear masks – though not in their seats – and to adhere to a one-way system.
Most clubs want at least to accommodate season-ticket holders, but this depends on how many “family bubbles” can be established. A workable occupancy of stadiums is still believed to be 30 per cent. If clubs have to go below that it will make it hard financially for many, especially outside the Premier League, to allow fans back in.
Snooker will allow a limited number of fans back from Sunday at the World Championship in Sheffield.