The 2020/21 premier league season kicks off September 12th, 2020. The FA board released fixtures in august. Unfortunately, Fans will still keep off the grounds. It is part of the gradual ease of the COVID 19 lockdown in England. Meanwhile, the Arsenal football club will leave no stone unturned to get their fans back to the stadium.
The stadiums across the country will start with a 30% capacity at the initial stage to test run crowd management. Consequently, out of the 60000 capacity of the Emirate stadium, only 18000 spectators will be allowed. Arsenal FC has 45000 season ticket holders. Sorting out who these 18000 spectators will be is another dilemma for the London club.
Supporters have stayed away from England’s Football grounds since football stopped in March due to COVID 19 pandemic. According to officials at Emirates, Arsenal commits to abiding by the rules and guidelines of the Government. Getting fans back inside the Emirates Stadium is key to Arsenal Finance. Twenty-four percent of the club’s annual revenue comes from matchday earnings.
Meanwhile, the effects of the Pandemic caused the proposal for 55 redundancies at the club. In the email sent out to their fans, the Arsenal football club expressed their commitment to work with Government officials. It is to ensure a hitch-free transition to regular football. Part of the email reads:-
“We are continuing to work hard with the Premier League and UK Government. The commitment is on plans to bring fans back to the stadium. However, this will be with reduced capacities initially”.
“It is disappointing that our home fixture against West Ham on Saturday 19 September will hold behind closed doors. Based on current Government guidelines, we hope to welcome supporters back to Emirates Stadium soon. The Sheffield United game for Saturday 3 October is perfect”.
We hope that this Pandemic will be a thing of the past soonest so we can enjoy our football.