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Fans to return to EFL Matches

Supporters will be able to make a return to EFL fixtures next week, with two matches confirmed as test events in line with the Government's pilot scheme.

The two fixtures will take place at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium, starting with the EFL Trophy fixture against Fulham U21s on Tuesday 8 September, ahead of a second game for the Club’s opening Sky Bet League Two game of the 2020/21 season against Carlisle United on Saturday 12 September.

The Club has been chosen to host the two test events, having previously been part of a joint project by the EFL and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) that looked at the safe application of social distancing at football grounds. That work was overseen by crowd dynamics experts Movement Strategies, who will also assess the pilot at the Abbey Stadium on behalf of the SGSA and DCMS.

Appropriate measures have been applied at the Abbey Stadium, with both terraces and seating arrangements available. As a result of two fixtures taking place at the same venue in a short period of time, it will allow for any learnings to be implemented quickly under the same conditions.

The insight received from this initial phase of matches taking place will test the application of the Government’s Stage 5 Guidance and the SGSA’s Planning for Social Distancing at Sports Grounds guidance, which was developed following the insight provided by the Movement Strategies modelling work.

The confirmed fixtures, dates and crowd capacity are as follows:

Tuesday 8 September Cambridge United v Fulham U21 (1,000 Capacity)

Saturday 12 September Cambridge United v Carlisle United (2,500 Capacity)

The Club is set to confirm ticketing details for both fixtures imminently.

Comments

  • after the racing at Doncaster fans' experiment was abandoned this week, and the new lockdown rules coming in from next Monday, I'd be amazed if those fixtures above go ahead.

  • It pi**es me off to say it, but I don't see any return to football grounds this side of Easter 2021.

  • @Hoofhearted

    If they can turn around the rises in daily cases a la Belgium, then before Christmas. If we are as ineffective as Spain and France, then you are probably right.

  • The way the virus is apparently getting worse not better even spiking in Wales I can’t see fans being allowed in to grounds at the top level say Premier and Championship Neil late December at the earliest. Too risky and too many fans would try to attend games even though they could be infected. There are many selfish fans out there unfortunately .

  • There is more chance of Messi turning out in a Swans shirt than the UK Govt turning this around. they are just making up pie in the sky schemes like Moonshot - sounds like the Belarussian leader saying drinking vodka is the cure.

    Then they give the contracts to their mates - Johnson's half-brother being the latest to benefit from one of these contracts. He's on the Board on a company called Reviv, offering covid testing.

    i dont see anyone being back in the Liberty this side of Christmas.

    garythenotrashcougar
  • Gotta love the Plandemic. STID.

  • MJL You have knocked it on the head, Boris is on Moonshine not Moonshot, 10M a day tests, that's 1 a week for everyone in the UK, absolute bollocks, like everything else he says. Will be lucky to watch live football this season. Unfortunately it may follow games could be cancelled which I hope don't happen, watching on TV isn't perfect but at least its something to look forward to. £460 to watch every game isnt that bad

  • 15 days, I mean years, to flatten the curve.

  • It’s a bit like dropping your bar of soap in the showers in prison ... you sure are going to get shafted one way or another ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Phillip said  "£460 to watch every game isnt that bad". WTF

    It cost me only £49 to watch every La Liga game officially through Premier Sports!

  • Yes but

    1 we cant get Premier Sports

    2 No Channel shows all 3pm KO's or Championship games.

    So £10 per game isn't that bad, no traffic or waiting to get served a shitty pint.

    OK it don't generate atmosphere but its the best of what's on offer, if you like the Swans that is, I cant speak for Real Betis V Getafe but I bet that's electric

  • I'll stick to my original comments, if the curve is flattened then fans will be back in stadia before Christmas. If we go down the same low level interventions like Spain and France, then this season if we are lucky.

    This isnt the second wave, its what was always going to happen following the easing of lockdown.

  • Sorry Phillip but football is in competition to get peoples money. If you think £10 is worth it for a crappy stream then you crack on. Personally I don't, even after being a season ticket holder for 40 years there is no more blind loyalty from myself. If the players shared a bit of the pain that the normal fan has had to endure during covid, then perhaps that stream might be a bit cheaper. And besides, I won't have to watch them pitifully taking the knee.

    barry
  • Football won't return anytime soon IMO, having less than 5,000 in our stadium will cost more than its worth plus those that are selected to go will be disappointed as there'll be no atmosphere and loads of little Hitlers waiting to pounce if they so much as shout 'c'mon the Swans', football won't be the same for 5 years.

    jasper_T
  • Phillip, you CAN get Premier Sports.

    You can take out a subscription via Virginmedia or Sky.

  • You will also get to see and hear Andrea Orlandi as a pundit ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Watching the PM statement lunchtime cannot see us watching at the Liberty until the start of next season .

  • Agreed. So frustrating. But on a sadder note I can see a lot of clubs folding as a result of this lost income.

  • Looking like March before we get to a game.


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