By Bradford City Supporters Trust, Dec 16 2020 09:26PM
As every committed Bantams' fan is aware, the return of fans to stadiums began from the 1st of December, just before the second national lockdown was released. It also meant that Clubs across the country had been preparing for months. Unfortunately for much of the north including Bradford, we've been in tier 3 of the local lockdown. This will continue from the latest announcement from the 17th December until the next lockdown review at the end of this month.
Bradford City have been keenly preparing for Bradford to be released into Tier 2, as all season ticket holders received their season tickets recently, be it claret or amber, as the plan was in August. Back then, it was anticipated up to 7,000 were to be let in. This time in the localised tier 2, the maximum is 2,000, a much smaller number.
We have observed that the first come first served strategy to define the first 2,000 of 'clarets' to attend the first home match against Cambridge United on Saturday the 19th caused a bit of a fiasco with the website ticketing system last week. It was a surprise, particularly for those who had listened to a recent BBC Radio Leeds interview with the new CEO, Ryan Sparks, who was then floating the idea of balloting season ticket holders to deduce how many fans are prepared to return amid hightened concern of the virus at this time. We felt that would've been a good approach to begin with. In hindsight, it may have potentially reduced any IT problems.
Because the impact of covid has been so widespread in football, affecting clubs and supporters in so many ways we want to give you a heads up about an incoming survey we are working on, consulting you on the EFL's iFollow service, the return to Valley Parade and loss of income worries fans might have for the club. We will be able to share it with you shortly after the new year.