Aberdeen given green light for 5,000 fans ahead of European tie

Pittodrie Stadium

More than 5,000 football fans will be in attendance at Aberdeen’s first game of the season after the club’s application for increased capacity was approved.

To secure these numbers the Club has to ensure that supporters attending are able to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test and agree to adhere to all the procedures in place for this game.

 AFC Chairman, Dave Cormack, said: “This is a major step in the right direction and we’re grateful to the local authority for working closely with us to get to this stage.

 “Ideally, we wanted to be able to accommodate all our season ticket members. However, 5,665 represents 73% of the 7,800 season tickets sold to date. Based on our previous percentages of season ticket members take-up (55% to 60%) and the fact that some have indicated that they are not ready to attend games just yet, we believe we’ll be able to accommodate all who want to attend.

 “Every supporter will require proof of a negative lateral flow test, which we believe is a price worth paying to demonstrate, more than any other similar event in Scotland has done so far, that we as a Club do care about safety and about implementing the highest standards possible.

 “The tight timescales and logistics involved mean we are unable to organise a ballot so tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, initially to season ticket members.

 “I’d like to reiterate the amazing efforts of our stadium manager, and the operations team at the Club in getting us to this point and assure you that we’ve done everything, within our control, to get as many fans back safely.

“I’d urge all season ticket members to read all the information on our website carefully and ensure that they are willing to comply with all the measures we have had to put in place to secure consent for 5,665 fans, before applying on-line for tickets. These include proof of a negative lateral flow test and strict compliance with our procedures for this game.”

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