It’s official — days after the England government announced its intention to allow limited numbers of fans back into Premier League stadiums for sporting events, Tottenham Hotspur have formally announced that they will welcome 2000 fans into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the home North London Derby against Arsenal on Sunday, December 6.
The government had previously announced that as many as 4000 fans could return to football grounds and public sporting events after December 2, provided the area they reside in are able to keep COVID-19 levels below a certain threshold. Tier 1 areas have the lowest levels of coronavirus infections and can welcome 4000 supporters. London is in a Tier 2 area, resulting in the reduced 2000 number. Tier 3 areas cannot at this time readmit any supporters.
According to the official release, the 2000 supporters will be drawn from the existing pool of Tottenham season ticket holders and Executive Members who had paid for multi-year season tickets. Fans will be seated in the South Stand for the match and ticket prices are £65 for adults, lower for young adult and U18/Over 65. Those drawn will have the tickets loaded onto their Tottenham season ticket holder electronic pass upon payment.
In addition, all attendees will need to complete a health questionnaire before entering the stadium to ensure that they do not have, or have not been recently exposed to, COVID-19, and agree to a special code of conduct concerning social distance and new COVID-related procedures in reduced capacity matches.
Also exciting — a limited number of fans will also be able to attend Tottenham Hotspur Women’s WSL home match against Brighton & Hove Albion Women, also on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Hive in Edgware. More details about that match — the first for new Spurs manager Rehanne Skinner — will be available in due course.
2000 fans isn’t a lot, but it’s more people inside the Tottenham Hotspur stadium than we’ve seen in March. And even though the South Stand will still feel remarkably empty, you can guarantee that those lucky Spurs fans in attendance will still make Spurs’ stadium louder than the Emirates.