The last time Tottenham Hotspur played in front of a full stadium was over a year and also what feels like a lifetime ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has created what feels by now as the new normal — football played in giant, cavernous, and empty stadiums with simulated crowd noise on television feeds.
However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic, and Spurs are also looking to a more hopeful future, one that sees the Tottenham Hotspur stadium packed with 63k fans. To that end, the club announced today that season ticket holders can renew their seats at Spurs’ home ground beginning on April 12, with the expectation that there will be full crowds at football stadiums by the time the 2021-22 Premier League season gets underway. Government guidance currently has stipulated that lockdown measures will be ended by the 21st of June, opening the possibility of a return to normal.
“Throughout this period, so many of you have told us how much you have missed the whole matchday experience including catching up with fellow fans – we cannot wait to welcome you back into the stadium again,” said Spurs in a release on their website.
Existing season ticket holders will have until Thursday, June 3 to renew their ticket; after that point any remaining season tickets will be made available to those on the waiting list. In addition, the price for a season ticket is the same as what it was in 2019-20 before the pandemic hit.
There seems to be a great deal of optimism that the rate of vaccination will lead to a situation that will allow for full capacity at stadiums, but the club does have a contingency in place should grounds be restricted to partial or no capacity again.
While Government guidance has stipulated that it is the aim that all restrictions on social contact will cease from June 21, should this change and we are not permitted to open at full capacity for a specific Premier League fixture, then we shall offer a pro-rata refund to anyone affected based on 1/19th of the total value of their Season Ticket. All refunds would be available on a monthly basis.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy ended the announcement with a personal message to all Spurs fans expressing gratitude for their patience, and hope that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be able to welcome fans back in the not-too-distant future.
“We should once again like to take this opportunity to thank our fans for their continued patience and co-operation throughout what has been an incredibly challenging time for us all.
“Our Season Ticket Holders that are now being invited to renew for the 2021/22 season are the same fans that were with us for our last home match played to a full capacity all the way back in March, 2020.
“We are proud of our passionate and loyal fanbase and we cannot wait to see you back in the stadium where you belong as soon as possible.
“You deserve that moment when we are part of a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and fully enjoying the matchday experience again. This vision has seemed like a distant possibility on so many occasions, yet we have never given up hope that we would one day be in a position to say, with a degree of certainty, it is time to welcome you all back home.”