Fans will be able to return to St James Park next week with around 1,200 attending the Papa John’s Trophy match with Northampton Town on Tuesday night.
Staff at Exeter City have been working hard with the local authorities and relevant organisations to enable spectators back into the ground following last week’s announcements from the government.
While Exeter, in Tier 2, can have up to 2,000 spectators inside the stadium, a test event needs to be held first to ensure that safety is given the upmost priority for the first full event
The Papa John’s Trophy match on Tuesday, December 8 will be considered the test event and capacity will be reduced, with the club anticipated no more than 1200 spectators will be allowed.
Subject to the event being a success, then up to 2,000 would be allowed inside the ground for the League Two fixture with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, December 12.
If Exeter was moved into Tier 1, then up to 4,000 fans could in theory attend, but the club have said that the ‘socially distanced crowd’ they are allowed under current legislation would only increase minimally.
A club spokesman said: “Details of how season ticket holders can purchase tickets will be released shortly, so please bear with us whilst we agree the details of this process that will reflect the detailed guidance from Government, the EFL and Sports Ground Safety Authority.
“While at this stage we hope to be able to allow the 2,000 people in to St James Park, we should point out that our socially distanced crowd will only increase minimally if we were to enter Tier 1 at any stage, we want to be transparent and ensure that we do not falsely raise any hopes.
“We will continue to try and adapt to new guidance but we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please refrain from calling the club around tickets at this increasingly busy period unless you are a season ticket holder.”
They added: “We are working to reallocate season ticket holders to reflect the social distancing rules that now apply, however in the meantime a few key headlines that supporters should be aware of.”
- Face masks must be worn at all times once you have entered the stadium
- No food or drink concessions will be open within the stadium
- Supporters are asked not to bring bags into the stadium to help speed up the entry time
- A supporter’s code of conduct will be mandatory
- No transfer of tickets will be allowed to ensure that supporters comply with full track and trace procedures
- Spectators on the Big Bank will need to stay on allocated markers to comply with social distancing methods
- Hand sanitiser will be in place within the stadium and should be used on entry and when passing designated points
- Exit from the stadium will be staggered to ensure social distancing