So far the club have done the right thing BUT if fans are not allowed back (including the club cannot allow every STH into every home match) and the club doesnt provide refunds for fans that may prefer this to a live stream/alternative then they will alienate supporters with a huge OG. No club of their size can afford to do this. Some fans will be desperate for any football. Others have got used to Premier league TV football and other pursuits. If I was marketing the club I would be pushing really hard not just on fan loyalty, but on engagement to reassure supporters essentially unsure of what they are purchasing that if what they intend to receive isnt possible pro-rate refunds as a minimum WILL be transacted NOT an outcome at the clubs discreation. Never under-estimate consumer choice.
if fans can’t come back in they should offer a live-streaming service for each game. Means we can still watch it and the club still get revenue. As far as I’m aware the club have the equipment to do this.
This is largely farcical as we have seen in the daft riots no social distancing enforced and people did whatever they wanted . We do not have nor as a club can we afford loads of Covid stewards enforcing the distancing though of course its easier to home in cctv on any missing face masks. What may become concerning is clubs get fines for not enforcing this. Will the chant of "Come on Crawley" sound more like "Slum oh Rawley"? We'll have to wait and see! I would like to see ALL professional matches streamed live which not only allows fans to watch home matches but away fans too. That will bring in revenue for clubs, of course its not the same but who hasn't enjoyed at least some of the live football on TV lately? Will football be the same anymore? For some I suggest the swarm of crowds surging towards the stadium and much more is all part of the experience. Will we see more chanting outside stadiums (no face masks) I suggest noticeably yes. Will there be more people outside Redz than inside obviously yes. Can we sing? Will that be allowed and Im not joking, remember I mentioned football and face masks a while ago on here. I say about singing as whilst I really do not think this (prevention of) will happen, its relevant in pubs (albeit perhaps because of the enclosed space) - isnt 3 sides of a stand virtually as enclosed? What about the half-time smokers surely the club needs to knock this this on the head as the congestion getting to/from there the tea queue and toilets means social distancing is a certain fail. Its far from a done deal and regretfully its a deal not being negotiated with any supporter input and for that I mostly look beyond the club as their hands are somewhat tied here.
we could be back in October www.bbc.co.uk/sport/53441670 Im not happy about the screening to gain access part as its flawed in that people can give false readings, so no last minute dash to the stadium but expect long queues, even if capacity is reduced could be mitigated by allowing home fans into the away end and is of course helped if fans spread out to socially distance more. That socially distancing is much harder to achieve without seating so dont be surprised if at some stage standing is outlawed.