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CLUB: Return of fans to Brunton Park

United well advanced with plans to get supporters back into the stadium

26 November 2020

With the change in restrictions announced this week, some fans will now be allowed to return to Brunton Park for home games.

This will begin with the home match on Wednesday 2 December v Salford (KO 7pm). 

It has been confirmed Carlisle and Cumbria is in a Tier 2 zone and, therefore, a maximum of 2,000 fans can attend.

The club intends to have fans at the game and we are working towards a maximum of 2,000 spectators. 

Chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “We have already gained a large benefit from the experience of the highly successful test game with 1,000 fans v Southend.

“That means our plan is in place and a lot of work has already been done. Crucially our arrangements have already been tested with fans present, scrutinised and witnessed by the safety authorities, and the fans now also know what to expect.

“We have all been able to learn and make modifications, which is why we were so keen to take part in the trial.  After that test game, the intention was to move up to around 2,000 and then increase further, and the safety authorities were comfortable with that approach. 

“We also took the decision to sell season tickets as late as possible, in a staged approach. Having done this, we have already allocated fans places on a socially distanced basis.

“We have enough space to allow every single fan who has reserved or paid for a season ticket to be guaranteed to be able to watch live now, without needing to exclude and choose between fans, or work out where they can go. These decisions have proved to be a huge advantage to us now.

“Although the Salford game is very close, we are therefore confident we can be ready in time to stage the game safely, in accordance with all requirements, and to have up to 2,000 fans in attendance.  We have received safety approval for that this afternoon [Thursday].

“As with the test game, the match experience will be different and it’s critical that fans play their part and support the club by following fully the social distancing requirements that will be in force, and also that they adhere to the Fan Code of Conduct.”

Click HERE to read the Fan Code of Conduct.

“We will be taking a two-step approach to ticketing,” he continued. “Firstly we will make sure that our season ticket holders are accommodated safely.

“Following on from that as a second step, if we have the capacity, we will look at arrangements to possibly make match tickets available. We will confirm this in due course.”  

The detailed arrangements for season ticket holders for the Salford game (and Sky Bet League Two matches going forward) will be issued on Friday 27 November.

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