We’re just over two weeks away from the start of the 20/21 season and we’re working tirelessly to prepare the Shay Stadium for the return of football and we can’t wait to welcome our fans back into the ground and to watch some live sport.
Of course, all of you will be aware that achieving this is like a ride on a ‘roller coaster’. The Premier League and EFL are currently playing behind closed doors. We were informed that subject to individual stadium agreements with local authorities, reduced capacities would be agreed to help manage the threat of the virus, with social distancing and considerable other measures in place. We have worked with all the relevant Calderdale Council departments to agree figures (we announced the capacities for ‘home’ fans in the East and South stands last week), along with a capacity for the North Stand as well. Each game to be reviewed on a match by match basis. We have then had the Government ‘intimating’ that this access may not be possible it could be a 1,000 or heaven forbid, none at all! Let’s hope we can remain with the existing agreed plan, and have at least some support in the Stadium, outside and in comparative safety
So, where do we stand as of today? Well, due to current restrictions and guidelines within Calderdale our stadium capacity has been reduced to slightly less than 1400 people across the three licenced stands. This number will be under constant review but right now this is the capacity number we’re working with.
It will come as no shock that this puts the Club in a precarious position, very much in a situation where finances are not within our control and we’re working tirelessly to steer the Club through these extremely difficult and worrying times.
With this turbulence in mind, we’d ask you to PLEASE READ CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION and we’d ask for your understanding and patience. We can assure you that all these decisions are necessary to protect the future of the Football Club not because we want to be difficult.
Next Steps – Seat Allocation
Over the next week we’ll be confirming our position regarding away fans. Also, we are hoping to reveal additional plans for the streaming of games – again rest assured all these things are being worked on and progressed.
We want to make it as easy as possible to attend our games. Right now, that task is very difficult. We need you, our fans in the games both for revenue to help the Club survive and to create a great atmosphere. We are doing our best in these challenging times, to make the process as easy as possible. We realise there may be occasions of frustration, but we ask you to give your fullest consideration to all the circumstances, as instructions from above can change on the swipe of a pen!
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