With the Government’s announcement today, fans are set to return to stadiums up and down the county for first time since March.
Whilst non-league fans, albeit limited, have experienced a match day atmosphere this season, fans of the National League, English Football League and Premier League are yet to have that but things are about to change. After months of campaigning from all levels, the Government will finally began to allow fans into grounds from December 2.
The #LetFansIn campaign began in the National League after they were excluded from being allowed fans after being classed as ‘elite’ whilst Step-3’s to 6 of the National League System were given a 300-600 limit when it came to spectators. The National League (including North and South Divisions) was declared elite so they could finish their respective seasons with automatic promotion and play-offs but with that, came the decision to keep these clubs classed as elite when the first spectators began to go into stadiums at non-league level.
The new guidance still relies on a tiered system and could dictate how many fans are allowed it to grounds. Clubs could be allowed up to 4,000 supporters or 50% of capacity, depending on their situation. The tiers would be broken down into the usual Tier One, Two and Three with clubs not allowed fans if they are in a Tier 3 area. Tier One would allow for 4,000 whilst Tier Two would be half (roughly).
It is great news for fans and supporters of clubs and the hope is that soon, clubs could start to fill their stadiums. But for now, it is a start!