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Aberdeen Seek Views on Return of Supporters to Pittodrie

Aberdeen are seeking a response from season ticket holders on getting supporters  back to Pittodrie for further test events.

The survey seeks on whether supporters are ready to return, what they miss about not being able to go to matches and how supporters would travel to games .  It also assesses the measures the club would put in place to make Pittodrie a safe environment for supporters.

Rob Wicks, commercial director at AFC, said: “We recognise the virus continues to spread, affecting many families up and down the country, and further restrictions may be imposed. However, we want to be ready and able to proceed with test events as soon as is practicable.

“We would not be looking to press ahead with these test events if we thought there was any risk to supporters attending. We are confident in our rigorous approach to ensuring a highly-regulated test event with significant measures in place to protect supporters in an outdoor environment. Unlike an indoor cinema, supermarket or shopping centre for example, we will know exactly who will be in our stadium and be able to contact everyone attending.”

The club have released a summary of the operational plan for the matchday operation that has been submitted to the footballing authorities and the measures the club will take to ensure any return of supporters is done safely.

AFC’s Director of Football Operations, Steven Gunn, said: “We are ready to host another test event and are hopeful that the significant mitigation we’re proposing to safely host supporters will allow us that opportunity sooner rather than later.

“Since the season started, we’ve been commended not only by the SPFL, but also the SFA and UEFA, on the standard and execution of our plans and protocols for match days at Pittodrie. Working across all areas of the Club, we left no stone unturned in preparing the initial trial and that experience has informed an even more robust plan for future test events with increasing numbers, albeit still at a significantly reduced capacity.

“Everyone connected with the Club has worked tirelessly to plan and execute the first test event which was an overwhelming success. We’ve taken on board all the feedback from SPFL, the local authority and Police Scotland and made our plans even more robust.”

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