Aberdeen FC last night signalled the possible earlier return to Pittodrie for supporters. with up to 7,500 fans being able to attend games at Pittodrie by the start of October.
The Scottish Premiership clubs were briefed by national clinical director Jason Leitch on Wednesday, and following this meeting the club expect to only have a few games behind closed doors, through September, with a partial return possible from the start of October.
This is three months ahead of an expected return of crowds to stadia and a welcome boost for Scottish clubs.
In a club statement, “With positive progress on the fight against Covid‐19, there may now only be a few home games behind closed doors, and we could get back to playing in front of partial crowds earlier than anticipated,” the statement added.
It is expected that one metre social distancing will be in place by then and priority for seats will be given to season-ticket holders up to the first 7,500 sold.
As always, this could change as Government advice and guidelines change, and is also dependent on no further significant outbreaks of COVID-19.
The club statement continues: “With 6,600 season tickets already sold, there are only 900 remaining to guarantee access to games with partial crowds.
Should capacity end up being below 7,500 then priority points will be used as the fairest way to determine who gets access.
For every season ticket sold after we’ve reached 7,500, the holder will be given priority as access is increased. This means that if, for example, you have season ticket sales number 7,501 you will have priority over someone who has the number 7,502 and so on.
Essentially, above the first 7,500 season tickets sold, there will be a “first come, first served” system which we believe is the only fair and transparent way of dealing with what is an unprecedented set of circumstances.
The deadline for the 6‐month interest free option, including Dons cashback for the difference between early bird and standard pricing, and the save your seat offer is 10th of July. Due to reduced capacity, however, the save your seat will only apply to games with full crowds.
With the season kicking off in four weeks, the Club is working tirelessly to make all the necessary arrangements for both games behind closed doors and those with partial crowds.
We’ve never had a situation like this before and it’s clear this is going to be a logistical challenge for our ticket office. For example, having family members sitting together will help maximise access. At
this time we ask for your understanding and your patience as we try to do our best to accommodate as many season ticket holders as possible.
It’s important to reinforce that virtual access to home games behind closed doors is included in your season ticket and that we are committed to offering full value for the 20/21 season.
If, for any reason, you want to cancel your season ticket before the season starts, we will offer a 100% rebate, no questions asked!”