All supporters coming to the game on Saturday have been given an arrival slot, to try to ensure we can get everyone into the ground safely and without queues building up, despite the additional checks and processes we have needed to put in place for Covid. The arrival slot is the time you should get to the ground to go through the ID check at the main gate, if at all possible.
The entry times have been based on flow rate calculations that we have and considered that the first time slot, and has been calculated to ensure everyone is through the turnstiles by 2:45. This ensures that people have time to find their seats, potentially in an unfamiliar stand, and be seated before kick-off. If we can safely compress the arrival times for subsequent matches we will do so.
We recognise that being asked to arrive early is not ideal. If it is not possible for you to arrive within your designated arrival slot you will not be denied entry but you may be delayed in getting in, as we will give priority to those arriving within their designated time slot.
At the end of the match we will also be exiting people from the stadium on a block by block basis. Feedback from other clubs who did this on Wednesday is that it enabled departure to be quicker than for a normal game, so we hope it will not cause any delay.
None of this is ideal but the most important thing tomorrow is to be able to demonstrate to the SAG that we can deliver games with spectators safely. We will learn a lot from the match tomorrow and will improve things where we can safely do so going forward.
In the meantime, there will be free Bovril provided to those arriving in the earlier slots to help keep you warm.