Tonight, several EFL clubs open its doors to the public for the first time in 8 months, with capacities of 1,000-2,000 fans finally allowed in stadia.
Luton Town, Carlisle United, Wycombe Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Shrewsbury Town and Cambridge United are amongst the first clubs to welcome backs fans.
We have to cast our minds all the way back to March, which was the last time we saw football fans (excluding test events) in stadia. It has been a tough and challenging period for both clubs and fans. The next few weeks will be busy as clubs put their final preparation in place and engage with fans to share their new matchday procedures.
Level Playing Field have played an active role in supporting clubs and governing bodies throughout the pandemic, offering guidance, webinars and sharing fans view to better support clubs with their plans and procedures to ensure there is an accessible return to fans at stadia. We are sure over the next few weeks that you will hear from your clubs on what to expect when you return.
Whilst a lot of planning has gone into the upcoming return the realisation of making a plan in theory vs seeing it being carried out in practice and could throw up a few teething issues. Fan feedback is going to be a major asset to make sure we get the best out of the ‘new’ matchday. If you are fortunate enough to secure a ticket and you see something that can be improved or equally something is going well, make sure you feedback to clubs and Level Playing Field. We are all in this together and we want to make sure the return of live sport is safe, accessible and above all fun.
This would be a great time that fans going to a live match during this period, to share your experience on our club pages #HaveYouSay or directly with us in an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are one of the lucky ones that managed to get hold of a ticket, please ensure you are aware of the following EFL code of conduct:
- All supporters must wear a face mask when entering and exiting the stadium
- Remain in seat/standing location for the full game if possible
- When celebrating, maintain safe distances to other supporters not in your social bubble
- Refrain from touching the match ball if it is kicked out of play
- Do not approach either club’s players or coaching staff
Please note: some rules may slightly differ depending on the club
Stay safe, and enjoy the game!