Premier League fans return: What will the new matchday experience be like?

Premier League Fans Return: What Will The New Matchday Experience Be Like?
2,000 fans will be present as West Ham host Manchester United at the London Stadium this evening.
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James Cox

Premier League fans are returning to grounds for the first time since March in what will be a very different matchday experience.

Here, we take a look at the protocols for the return of supporters.


What are the rules?

The Premier League has issued a strict set of rules for returning fans.

Supporters will have to wear face masks after entring the stadium, masks can only be removed temporarily to eat or drink.

Fans from the same household will be permitted to sit together in small groups but other fans will be spaced out to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to.


All fans will have a personal ticket (non-transferable) and they will have to present formal ID and pass a temperature test before entering stadiums.


Fans have been asked to limit singing and shouting and to moderate their behaviour with no high fives/hugs etc when their team scores.


Hand sanitiser will be present for fans to use regularly.

Will alcohol be permitted in stadiums?

The Premier League has confirmed that fans will be allowed to drink alcohol without a substantial meal but only when seated in concourses or hospitality sections.

Which games will have supporters present?

The London Stadium will be the first to welcome fans back as 2,000 supporters will watch West Ham host Manchester United at 5.30pm this evening.

Chelsea face Leeds United at 8pm and they will also welcome supporters back to Stamford Bridge.

Fans will also be present for the North London Derby tomorrow as Tottenham host Arsenal.

Fans have already been present at Championship matches with the same rules as the ones that will be applied for top flight football.

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