There is less than a month to go to the eagerly awaited start to the new season, the 12th September, a week after the first round of the League Cup, or Carabao Cup as it's called these days, with City facing Bolton Wanderers away. And with a list of new signings at City, there is great anticipation in the air for success, in Stuart McCall and Kenny Black's full season since their return in February earlier this year.
But in the period of Covid 19 how will fans be returning to VP?
Indeed the Club have publicly updated supporters on this recently about it's 'City For All' season ticket plans, and they have kept it at the affordable £150 with the pass to watch all home matches via the EFL ifollow streaming network and return to watch matches from the Saturday 3rd October. Season tickets will be split into 2 sections - claret or amber meaning fixtures will be divided into those categories so that fans can watch every other game. The Club are expecting to reduce their capacity to 7,000, and it is hoped that they can sell approximately 14,000 season tickets.
There maybe the opportunity to attend or watch City's home matches on a match by match basis if season ticket sales don't reach the expected target.
Check out the latest on the 'City for All' season ticket offer here. The deadline for renewing our season tickets is the 6th September.
The Trust agrees that this is a fair way forward. We think that there will be a good uptake for the season tickets, and we hope the Club reaches its target. We do note, however, there will be fans who may not feel safe to attend matches for the foreseeable future in these uncertain times but we are sure that there will be a tremendous solidarity for the Club, and even if some fans feel they can't go they will still buy the season tickets. We have seen this solidarity support with the record sales on the new season's replica home shirt.
The Club have been consulting with the EFL and the local Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) about how fans will be attending matches. This will be broadly based on Government guidance document accessible here, and the SGSA's guidance document here.
Key match day experience features
Track and trace and appointment times will come from allocated ticket when purchasing season tickets.
There will be a clear designated one way entry and exit system.
Rules and regulations have been suspended around food and drink because concourses need to be clear for the duration of the match so there will be no kiosks open.
Rules and regulations have been suspended about away fans so the Club have decided not to have them in for the foreseeable future. City are not the only club to have done this. We had a expected a temporary reduction on the number but not a temporary ban. And whilst the vast majority of League Clubs don't bring a lot to VP anyway, it is unfortunate as this may restrict travel opportunities even further for City fans. When it comes to atmosphere, away fans can create the better atmosphere and that is notable when it comes to City's traveling army.
At the same time, if fans can't get to away games we do have the opportunity to watch all away fixtures at £10 per match via iFollow.
We understand that the consultation process around the detail of the Covid guidance for fans' return to stadiums would take time. Inevitably this has delayed the Clubs' announcement of its' 'City For All' season ticket plans, impacting possibly on some fans struggling to find the money, and had already made its' decisions by the time it consulted the Supporters Board. What is clear to us is that their plans around the Corona Virus are a moving feast and the best laid plans can change due to the ever changing situation, therefore the Trust looks to being involved at then next Supporters Board meeting in earnest. The minutes of the August Supporters Board can be viewed here.
If you are worried about attending matches or you want to ask a question about season tickets or match day experience that is not on the Clubs' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), or, the Clubs' Supporters' Code Of Conduct, and, or you feel that your needs may not be met, why not ask us HERE, and we can email those queries to them and present them to the Club and the next Supporters Board meeting.
Best wishes and stay safe.
From all of us on the Bantams Supporters Trust Board