Season ticket sales paused as return of supporters draws nearer
The return of supporters to 1st Cloud Arena has taken a major step forward after the FA confirmed clubs at Steps 3 and below of the non-league pyramid will be able to admit spectators from Saturday, August 22.
The updated guidelines state that until August 30, clubs at Step 3 will be able to welcome fans in numbers of up to 15% of their ground capacity, up to a maximum of 300 supporters.
From August 31, clubs will be able to have crowds of up to 30% of their ground capacity, up to a maximum of 600 spectators, providing they have already hosted at least one match with the previously mentioned capacity of 300.
As a result of this news, there is great hope that South Shields will be able to kick-off their Northern Premier League campaign as planned and in front of supporters on Saturday, September 19.
With that date now just a month away and with the potential crowd number restrictions in mind, the club has taken the decision to pause season ticket sales.
Sales to date have been exceptional, with fans showing incredible support to the club in such uncertain and difficult times.
The number of season tickets sold is close to the potential reduced capacity of 1st Cloud Arena for the start of the 2020-21 campaign and it would therefore not be sensible to continue with sales in the short-term future. Should the new guidelines change in the future, the club will look to reopen season ticket sales.
We appreciate that supporters will have lots of questions following Wednesday’s announcement but request patience as we begin to understand the various renewed guidelines and documentation which have been provided to clubs.
Once we have a full understanding of it we will formulate a plan for the return of supporters to 1st Cloud Arena and look forward to welcoming everyone back as quickly and safely as possible.
Season tickets have not yet been printed, but this will take place once confirmation of the league start date is provided and supporters will be informed when their tickets are ready to collect.
Friday’s pre-season friendly against West Auckland Town will remain behind closed doors, subject to any further guidance.
The club would like to thank all fans for their continued understanding, patience and support at this time. It is truly appreciated.