Tottenham welcome fans back to their £1bn stadium for the first time since March tonight – with 200 supporters watching their game at Burnley on TVs in hospitality areas as Jose Mourinho says empty grounds make him ‘sad’
- Around 200 executive members will watch the clash in West Stand hospitality
- The club are using tonight as a test event to test Covid-secure protocols
- Tickets were priced at £39 and were sold on a first-come-first-served basis
- Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has made it known he is desperate for fans to return
Tottenham will welcome around 200 supporters back into their stadium tonight to watch a screening of their clash at Burnley in hospitality suites.
The event is being used to test Spurs’ Covid-secure protocols ahead of the return of fans inside stadiums, with a fresh digital ticketing system in use, and marks fans using the stadium for the first time since March.
Sold on a first-come-first-served basis, around 200 executive members will watch the game at Turf Moor on TVs in the West Stand hospitality areas, with social distancing in place for those who bought tickets priced at £39.
Tottenham will welcome 200 supporters to their stadium to watch tonight’s Burnley clash
The club will trial Covid-secure protocols ahead of fans being allowed back into stadiums
In an email to members, the club said: ‘The club is determined to do everything in its power to help fans get back in our stadiums as soon as possible.
‘As such, we will be using this event as an opportunity to test a number of Covid compliant protocols we plan to use for future matchdays.’
On Saturday, hundreds of Bristol City supporters were welcomed into Ashton Gate’s bars and hospitality suites for Saturday’s Championship fixture with Swansea but had to watch the game on television screens, instead of live on the pitch.
In the Lansdown restaurant at Ashton Gate, about 100 supporters at socially-distanced tables and with table service enjoyed a pre-match meal and drinks before watching the match live on big screens.
Meanwhile, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho admits the lack of supporters inside stadiums is making him ‘sad’, adding it would be ‘really good fun’ if at least some supporters were allowed back in.
Bristol City fans were allowed back inside Ashton Gate but had to watch the game on screens
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admitted he was keen to see fans back inside football grounds
‘I am [enjoying the season] but I’m sad with the empty stadiums,’ Mourinho said. ‘On Thursday [in the Europa League win over LASK], I had an even worse feeling than in the Premier League.
‘Maybe because of the way the stadium is — all of the orange logos of the Europa League all around the stadium, the beautiful big screens.’
Spurs will however play in front of fans when they take on Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday.
Spurs face two matches in three days as they play in Europe on Thursday after tonight’s clash
‘Teams are playing with some fans,’ Mourinho added.
‘I’m not even speaking about full stadiums, but with some fans. In the majority of countries, it’s possible and we are going to have that in Belgium. It would be really great fun.
‘The Tottenham fans, they have a little bit of that in their DNA: quality players, attacking players, attacking style. They would enjoy being here to watch it.’
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