Fans returned to a Premier League stadium yesterday for the first time since the #COVID19 pandemic affected the sport in March.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s home match against Chelsea, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was the latest in a series of Government-approved live sporting events to be trialled in front of spectators as steps are taken to safely welcome fans back into stadiums.
The supporters, from the club’s loyalty programme, adhered to Government guidelines, such as using socially distanced seating, undergoing temperature checks and wearing masks when going into or around the stadium.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Brighton & Hove Albion did a fantastic job at their test event for the return of supporters and it was great to see fans in a Premier League stadium for the first time since March.
“The success of having 2,500 supporters in the Amex was very encouraging and we are committed to having full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always our priority. We are working hard alongside our clubs, the Government and the safety authorities to achieve this.”