Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen is pushing season ticket sales by prioritising the first 7,500 customers in what it predicts will be its restricted capacity when fans are able to return to matches during the 2020-21 season.
The new season is scheduled to start on August 1, and the Dons believe that “positive progress” on the fight against COVID‐19 means there may now only be a few home games behind closed doors, and partial crowds could attend earlier than anticipated.
Aberdeen said it will be guided by Government and the footballing authorities, but predicting a one-metre social distancing rule it said it expects a reduced capacity of 7,500 will be in place at its 20,000-capacity Pittodrie stadium.
It will therefore prioritise the first 7,500 buyers when the stadium reopens, with a ‘first come, first served’ system in place when capacity is raised.
“With 6,700 season tickets already sold, there are only 800 remaining to make sure you can attend games with partial crowds,” the Dons said.
“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.”
With uncertainty remaining over when fans can return the club said virtual access to games via TV broadcasts for season ticket holders will remain in place as long as games are behind closed doors.
On Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, said the current two-metre physical distancing rule would be eased for some premises when the country enters the next phase of its routemap on July 10.
She has ordered further scientific study of the two-metre physical distancing rule after it was announced a “one metre plus” system would be introduced in England.
Meanwhile, Scottish champions Celtic have seen strong interest in season tickets for the coming season at their 60,000-capacity Celtic Park stadium.
With renewals required by July 7, the club said it now has 17,000 people on its waiting list.
Celtic said: “Once the renewal period has passed for existing season tickets holders, any remaining Season Tickets will be offered to those on the waiting list in order of when you joined.”
Last week, Rangers said it had processed 40,000 season ticket renewals.
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