Manchester United has announced its provisional plans for fans to return to Old Trafford once coronavirus restrictions are eased in Manchester.
While home games currently remain behind closed doors, United has confirmed the new safety measures, ticketing processes and pricing details which will be rolled out to fans when Greater Manchester comes out of Tier 3.
This follows the latest announcement from the UK Government that areas based in Tier 1 and 2 categories of COVID-19 restrictions will be able to reopen to fans albeit with reduced capacities.
It’s a shame that United fans must wait, but for everyone’s safety we must listen to the experts, even if they haven’t been consistent throughout the pandemic.
Collette Roche, Manchester United Chief Operating Officers, said: “It is important to present these conditional plans for the return of our fans to allow preparations to be made. We are eager to welcome them back and thank them in advance for their patience and co-operation with our new operating policies that are in place to keep everyone safe. Responsible behaviour will help build trust and confidence, helping us move back to greater capacity numbers in the future once Manchester’s restrictions are reduced.
“We know we are asking a lot from our fans in terms of the adjustments to their usual match day routines. In return, we are committed to making the experience as safe as possible for them and their families and have also kept ticket prices low.
“A word of caution: fans must consider their own health before applying for any provisional ballots and pay attention to the local restrictions which are in place wherever they live. They should also carefully read all the detailed information which we will be sending to those who are successful in future ballots.
“We also thank the ongoing support of Trafford Council, our local suppliers and staff who have worked hard to develop these plans.”
There is a possibility that fans will be able to attend the upcoming fixture against Leeds United on 20 December at Old Trafford — should Greater Manchester be moved to Tier 2.
It has been confirmed that for matches with 2,000 supporters, tickets will be priced at £30 for adults, £15 for United 20s and over 65s, and £10 for children.
All general admission tickets will be located in sections of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End. Wheelchair positions will also be available in the East End.
Of course, the majority of tickets will be allocated to Season Ticket Holders and a random ballot will be held on a match-by-match basis. Full details have been sent directly to all eligible fans.
Fans who apply will be asked to agree to a new Code of Conduct, which encourages respectful behaviour and social distancing, and includes the practical rules that will be applied at Old Trafford to ensure the safest possible environment for everyone.