The Emirates Stadium and the Premier League might see fans in the stadium for the first time since six months. Arsenal plans to introduce the visitors in a reduced capacity in the stadium in order to adhere to the guidelines set down by the government.
Arsenal will tend to the members holding the gold season ticket holders and premium members initially for tickets. A ballot system is proposed to determine which season ticket holders are eligible to watch the game from the stands.
The club stated that they gradually hope to increase the seating capacity during the course of the campaign which begins on September 12. The club released a statement which read:
“Although our home fixture against West Ham United on Sunday 20 September will be played behind closed doors, based on the current UK Government guidelines, we hope to be able to welcome supporters back to Emirates Stadium on a reduced capacity basis from the Sheffield United game scheduled for Saturday 3 October.
In devising an agile plan for the season ahead, we are focused on maximising the number of supporters able to safely attend matches at Emirates Stadium and providing fair and equitable access to the limited tickets available for all season ticket holders.
“The capacity at Emirates Stadium will initially be much reduced due to UK Government guidelines, Premier League directives and our responsibility to apply appropriate social distancing measures to ensure our fans can return as safely as possible.”
Arsenal and Premier League slowly getting back to their feet
Arsenal’s first home game which takes place against fellow London rivals West ham United will be played in an empty stadium.
Earlier this week, 2500 fans were allowed into the Amex Stadium to watch Brighton and Hove Albion play against Chelsea in a pre-season friendly.
Premier League chief executive claimed that the experiment at the Amex Stadium was very encouraging and the plans for a phased return are fully on.
The ardent Arsenal fans were forced to witness the club’s recent success through the television instead of the stands. The club toppled giants such as Chelsea and Liverpool to win the FA Cup and the Community Sheild respectively.