Sheffield United’s upcoming Premier League matches at Arsenal and Liverpool will reportedly welcome back fans.
Sky Sports reports that the Blades’ game at the Emirates Stadium will be played in front of a reduced capacity. Exactly how many supporters will be allowed into the ground has not yet been revealed.
It is part of the government’s phased return of crowds to events. Numbers will need to be limited to ensure social distancing guidelines can be followed.
Brighton and Hove Albion admitted 2,524 fans into the Amex Stadium last Saturday for a pre-season friendly with Chelsea. It was the first football match to welcome supporters since a ban on mass gatherings in March.
West Ham v Arsenal in the Women’s Super League will be the first competitive fixture to have a crowd. A maximum of 1,000 fans will be allowed into Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Park on September 12.
Meanwhile, The Athletic says that 12,500 supporters will be able to attend United’s game with Liverpool at Anfield on October 24.
It means the stadium will be operating at around 23 per cent of its 54,000 capacity. All four stands will be open to ensure social distancing can be adhered to.
It will be the first time the Reds have played in front of a home crowd since hosting Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on March 11.
Can away fans attend Arsenal and Liverpool games?
Away supporters could be allowed to travel to matches, depending on if the Premier League and government agree to it. Around 500 Blades fans may be allowed to attend the game at Anfield, although that is yet to be confirmed.
There are currently no details on whether the same would be true at the Emirates.
How those would be allocated is unclear as well. However, ballots are expected to take place to determine which home supporters get tickets.
There are around 27,000 Liverpool season ticket holders and a further 11,000 members who are have the right credits to be eligible for a seat.
Those that are lucky enough to get a ticket will not be able to transfer them, either. That’s because to comply with NHS Test and Trace measures, it must be known who is inside the ground and exactly where they are sitting.
It’s not yet been announced when Bramall Lane hopes to welcome back fans. As per government guidelines, it won’t happen until October at the earliest. United’s first home game that month is against Fulham on October 17.