Will teams seize the opportunity to claw back cash by only allowing the highest paying spectators, the hospitality set, back in first and risk public outcry? Hospitality areas may be allowed to use this workaround but fans grabbing a pint at half time is very unlikely. Culture secretary hopes matches at next Octoberâs Rugby League World Cup â¦ Premier League fans will legally be allowed to return to stadiums from December 2 as the UK government revealed how fans can return to sporting venues after the latest national â¦ It's worth noting that laws, introduced in 1985 to ban fans from drinking in view of the pitch, are being reviewed in light of the pandemic. However, clubs have also warned that the revenue generated might also create unfair competition. Dr. Anthony Fauci lays out timetable for when sports fans can return to packed stadiums, arenas Fauci said it is all contingent on how widely used the vaccine for COVID-19 is West Ham United fans sit inside the stadium before the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the London stadium in London, England, on Saturday. Clarification over whether spectators can drink alcohol is needed in the weeks to come. Official government guidelines say that, for Tier 2, 'venues that serve alcohol can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant'. Since returning in June, English top-flight football has been played behind closed doors with Arsenal fans missing out on seeing their side win the FA Cup and Community Shield at Wembley. A maximum 2,000 fans are allowed into the Emirates Stadium as â¦ ootball fans are finally set to return to stadiums next week after the government laid out plans for when lockdown restrictions lift next week. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Fans are socially distanced as they wait for kick off ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the London stadium in London, â¦ A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their NFL match with Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. All that we do know is that it is likely to cause controversy either way. Perhaps, but certainly not yet. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that outdoor and indoor venues in tier 1 and 2 areas would be allowed to â¦ Yahoo Sports asked Fauci about fans in the stands for the 2021 NFL season beginning in September, to which he said, âOh, thatâs possible. It was reported in August that football fans may not be allowed to sing as part of a 'code of conduct' that they would have to adhere to in order to return to stadiums. Spurs beat Arsenal to stay top, fans return to Anfield. From December 2, the country will return to a tiered system of restrictions under which clubs in Tier 1 will be allowed a maximum of 4,000 supporters and those in Tier 2 will be allowed 2,000. [ MORE: How to watch PL in the USA ] Sports; Arsenal win on fansâ return to top level football in England. If organisers are able to move quickly enough, and their venues are in the correct tier, we could even see fans admitted to events on December 2, when lockdown lifts. With several potential vaccines in the works, 2021 is shaping up to be a year in which things slowly return to normal. It is not yet clear what Tier 1 will allow to happen for theatres given the rules are different to before, but if they are allowed to open the bar, then it is likely football stadiums will, too. The ban has hit sports hard financially, with clubs still incurring costs, but suffering from much reduced income. Photo: Julian Finney/Pool Via AP soccer Fans return to English Premier League as Chelsea, Man U enjoy comeback wins . Liverpool fans return to Anfield for the first time this season and serenade the Premier League champions with "You'll Never Walk Alone." Fans at the Amex were asked to give way to supporters climbing the stairs to their seat (because they would be exhaling more heavily) and turn away from others when passing them. Cash-strapped clubs in the lower reaches of the EFL and in non-league football will breathe a sigh of relief at the news. 'Suddenly one group of clubs will have extra revenue while others will not. Who are likely to be in Tiers 1 and 2 and have fans back? (HealthDay)âSports fans are itching to watch their favorite teams return to play, but are jam-packed arenas even remotely safe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? 64% of UK sports fans agree that for brands who sponsor the teams and individuals they love, âbrand purposeâ is more important now that it was pre-COVID. The sporting calendar has continued apace even during this latest lockdown and there are certainly plenty of events in many sports throughout December. So for them, the opportunity to get a few thousand back inside their stadiums will be a lifeline. "It's been a long nine months since the last game," said Javed Singh. The government is announcing that fans will be allowed to return to watch outdoor sport in England once the national lockdown is lifted on December 2. So will football grounds follow suit and allow drinks in Tier 1 stadiums at the very least? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? It feels like they never went away - but the fans had to due to Covid-19. There will be discrepancies between different parts of England as to where spectators can return to sporting events and it will all depend on which tier they are placed into post-lockdown. Sports can return only once the rest of society stabilizes, and that can happen only if social distancing guidelines are followed. â¦ Premier League fans make presence felt in return to stadiums | NBC Sports Some fans may not feel comfortable enough to want to return to stadiums in the first place so may forgo their chance at watching games again, which opens a whole different can of worms. Fans are being allowed back in to bring the game into line with theaters and other arts, which was a particular gripe for those inside the game. But how will everything work and how many people will we actually see inside stadiums next month? This was used to communicate with fans before the game and at the match, so they knew what to expect and what to do. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. It is fans â¦ Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston has stated that it is the Government's intention to see fans return to football stadiums "as soon as possible". 'The Championship is a £150million game and if you have a club in tier three and another in tier one that is going to mean the tier three club will struggle for revenues going into January and if they are competing for two or three players it could make a big difference. Bookmark. Sportsmail answers your questions. Arsenal fans are seen in the stands during the Europa League Group B match between Arsenal and SK Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium, London December 3, 2020. â Reuters pic . It leaves sports fans in an unusual position: Rarely can they â¦ Won't be it be unfair that some fans are allowed back in for big games, like derbies, having already played each other with no fans? Fans Return to the EPL as Chelsea, Man U Enjoy Comeback Wins Soccer fans have been allowed into games in Englandâs top division for the first time since the outbreak of the â¦ And that appears to be the case this time around, too. First sports fans finally return after 254 days locked out as racing punters arrive at Lingfield, Ludlow and Haydock 2000 supporters took â¦ 'Welcome Home': Premier League's Soul Is Back as Fans Return Two thousand West Ham fans made up the first crowd at an English Premier League game for the visit of Manchester United. For the first time in 270 days, fans were back inside a Premier League ground as Arsenal welcomed 2,000 supporters into the Emirates for Thursday's routine 4-1 Europa League win over â¦ Arsenal could be the first London club to welcome fans back when they host Rapid Vienna at Emirates Stadium in the Europa League on December 3. ... ($941 million) and the need to make the most of the fans' return was evident with Arsenal's "Armoury" club shop reopened. The announcement will actually be spread over a couple of days. Some clubs immediately raised concern over the prospect of fans returning to competitive sport. Other clubs anticipate they will stagger arrival times, possibly over a two-hour period, to reduce congestion. Crystal Palace vs Tottenham LIVE: Jose Mourinho's side aim to extend 10-match unbeaten Premier League run... Former Premier League striker Bobby Zamora names ex-Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho as his toughest... 'Anthony Joshua didn't even want to say Fury's name! The letter asks the Welsh Government to "embrace the current Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) guidance" - which has seen fans return to sport in limited numbers in England in â¦ Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the country will return to the tier system of coronavirus restrictions early next month and sports venues in tiers one and two will be permitted to admit a limited number of spectators. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Manchester United v PSG, Old Trafford - Champions League, Haydock Park, Lingfield Park, Ludlow - afternoon, Arsenal v Rapid Vienna, Emirates stadium - Europa League, Bristol v Northampton Saints, Ashton Gate - Premiership, (Admission of fans will depend on which tier the host ground is in). 271 days later, on December 5, fans returned. The impact ahead of the transfer window could be huge. For stadiums in Tier 2, fans being served alcohol is unlikely. In the long-term, these could be lifted and fans may be allowed to watch games with a pint in order to avoid congregation on concourses. Well, it's a murky issue. It was a great success and many of the rules in place that day have been adopted in national guidance. The infection rates in parts of Britain remain stubbornly high and we will not find out which tier different areas will be in until Thursday November 26. More change at Sunderland, Pontus Jansson does Aladdin. Billy Calzada/Staff Photographer ... After three years as a part-time employee covering mainly high school sports, Tom â¦ The Government â¦ Such is the lingering threat from COVID-19 â¦ London ‘could be split between Tier 2 and Tier 3’ to keep capital open, London Tories urge PM to keep city open as split tier plan considered, Police locate mother after body of newborn baby found in garden, Row after council strip road name from British general Henry Havelock, Britain teeters on edge of no-deal Brexit amid stockpiling warnings, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. USA TODAY. It depends entirely on the weekly infection rate and, as such, will remain a fluid situation. We have already seen Macclesfield Town, relegated from League Two last season, forced into liquidation over debts totalling £500,000 and it was feared more clubs in the EFL and below could fold. The restrictions may prevent fans who live in tier three areas travelling to a stadium that is in tier one or two, however. LONDON: Fans will return to â¦ The full breakdown of which parts of the country are going into which tier will be announced on Thursday ahead of the end of lockdown next week and will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis. Every athlete dreams of the moment. All the best bits as fans return to grounds across the Football League following changes to the Covid-19 restrictions msn back to msn home sports powered by Microsoft News "We have been preparing for fans to return to 25 per cent of our capacity," he told Sky Sports. The following day - December 3 - sees the Europa League game between Arsenal and Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium, while Friday December 4 sees the Championship match between Barnsley and Bournemouth at Oakwell. Sport taking place in Tier 1 areas will be allowed to admit up to 4,000 spectators, those in Tier 2 will be allowed 2,000 and in Tier 3 no fans will be allowed. Fans attend the pre-season friendly between Brighton and Chelsea - a test event in August. Now this is a big one. At Arsenalâs Emirates Stadium. To witness the return of fans, though, was to realize how much deeper the absence ran. The letter asks the Welsh Government to "embrace the current Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) guidance" - which has seen fans return to sport â¦ As we move into the Autumn - sorry, Fall - many sports leagues return around the world. As seen above, it is also under consideration for banning by the Premier League. So it could well be that London-based Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham can begin to allow a few thousands fans back but the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City and Newcastle cannot quite yet. The Premier League have written to each club outlining new measures for when grounds reopen. As it stands, clubs have not yet been contacted by Government about the plans to return fans to stadiums. LONDON, Dec 4 â For the first time in 270 days, fans were back inside a Premier League ground as â¦ Sports fans return to stadiums in the capital for the first time in nine months as small crowds of 2,000 watch England take on France at Twickenham and the â¦ Spectators are set to return to sports venues next month as coronavirus restrictions are eased in areas with lower infection rates. Nationwide in Tier 1, pubs and bars can serve alcohol until 11pm, while in Tier 2, pubs can only serve drinks with 'substantial' meals. When pro sports return, fans won't be there: Experts debate 'a significantly different game' Chris Bumbaca. The Midlands, north-west and north-east appear to be the most likely to be placed into tier three restrictions, meaning stadiums will remain closed. Dec. 6 06:00 am JST Dec. 6 | 08:14 am JST 1 Comment LONDON. Sports stadiums can open their doors again and admit a limited number of spectators once the national lockdown is lifted on December 2 and assuming they are in tier one or tier two, 4,000 spectators/ 50% capacity for outdoor events, whichever is lower, and 2,000/ 50% capacity for indoor, 2,000 spectators/50% capacity outdoors, whichever is lower, and 1,000/ 50% indoors. National guidance is set out by the Sports Ground Safety Authority, which is used to inform local Safety Advisory Groups, made up of local authorities and the emergency services, in order to plan for events. ': Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be aiming for the Premier... 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Distancing on the approach to the stadium to avoid crowds, as well as on concourses inside, Masks to be worn everywhere except when seated, however that is expected to change and masks will probably have to be worn before, during and after a match, Fans will have to carry photo-identification so the club knows they are the person who bought the ticket and they can be contacted in the event of a coronavirus outbreak, Supporters will have to sanitise their hands on the way in and out of grounds, Each fan sits alone, although some test events allowed a 'family bubble', with seats either side vacant and one row left empty between supporters, which allows stewards to manage the game more easily. The hosts rebounded from conceding a fourth-minute goal from former player â¦ They werenât disappointed. Only 2,000 fans were allowed into a stadium that can fit 60,000 on Saturday, such is the lingering threat from COVID-19 which claimed another 397 lives in the 24 hours before the match. Football fans returned to a Premier League ground for the first time in nine months on Thursday night. You can unsubscribe at any time. Fans returned to English Football League grounds on Wednesday for the first time in more than nine months as coronavirus restrictions were eased. But this is by no means definitive by the wording of the new rules. Despite sport fans being able to return to stadiums in tiers one and two â and consume alcohol there â from 2 December, traditional matchday pubs havenât experienced anything like their usual boost. With MLS, the NWSL and UFC already underway and MLB, the NBA, the WNBA and the NHL set to resume play in the next couple of weeks, fans are clearly ready for the return of sports -- â¦ Could this mean a form of 'table service' at grounds before long? Fans are, in a sincere but intangible way, the meaning of soccer, the meaning of sports. Goodformâs latest Sports Fan Panel findings reveal that two thirds of fans across 50 different sports are happy to â¦ Fans Return in the U.K., but Injustice Remains Queens Park Rangersâ players Ilias Chair and Bright Osayi-Samuel (L.) knelt and raised fists after Chair scored a goal against Millwall during â¦ Sport. Up to 2,000 fans will be allowed in tier two areas but zero in tier three. Sports fans have received the news they have waited months for - stadiums will re-open from December 2 when the current Covid-19 lockdown in England is eased. Sports fans could return to watch matches in person by the time the Six Nations championship is underway in the early new year. Only then will we find out which sports events will be open to supporters. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement later on Monday about the return of crowds. Also that night is the Premiership Rugby fixture between Bristol and Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate. 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