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Return To The Shay Part 4

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Wed 16 Sep 2020
Posted in First Team

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.

If you have purchased a SENIOR season ticket(s) AND have requested more than one FREE U12 ticket(s) and want to sit within the East Stand then your allocation of FREE U12s tickets will be reduced to ONE per paying adult only.
You can however choose to stand in the South Stand and will receive two FREE U12s tickets per paying adult the maximum amount of FREE U12s tickets will now be capped. (one per paying adult seating) (two per paying adult standing)
This will be reviewed in December and if we can change this position we will and we’ll revert back to your original order.
If you have purchased a SENIOR season ticket(s) and requested more than one U12s ticket and find the situation not as you wish, then given these changes we would  refund of your SENIOR TICKET and we would process a full refund immediately.  Please contact orders@fchtshop to arrange  –  this must be requested by Saturday 20 September

Next Steps
– Seat Allocation

If you have purchased a season ticket(s) and want to stand then you don’t need to do anything, please just keep an eye on our communication channels for when season tickets will be ready for collection, this will be the during  the week before the start of the season. There will be regular updates prior to the  3 October
If you have purchased a season ticket(s) and want to sit we’ll be asking our disabled supporters , those with mobility issues and those aged 60 and over to come to the Shay Stadium on Thursday 17 September between 11am & 6pm where we will start the process of seat allocation (if you don’t fall into one of these three categories please do NOT attend). If you can’t make this time then don’t worry, there will be other opportunities but we would like to finalise these categories as soon as possible.
‘Your Bubble’ if you are sitting within a chosen ‘bubble’ we’d ask you to send just one person from your bubble to the Shay to arrange your seats, please make sure they have all the details of each person
We’ll be communicating our next seat allocation dates & times shortly
With the greatest regret, you will not be able to choose your seats, please remember it will be impossible to please everyone! We will do our best to help those who need it most.
Once we’ve completed the seating allocation for season ticket holders, we’ll then be able to advise the match by match ticket purchase process depending on what availability we have left. We may yet put SENIOR season tickets back on sale dependent on numbers involved

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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