15/09/2020

Walsall in Bid to Welcome Fans Back to Banks's Stadium

The club has bid to be part of the EFL's next set of pilot games as they look to get fans back to the Banks's.
Walsall FC are said to be one of several clubs to bid to be part of the scheme according to reports recently published on the Express & Star website

The club are believed to be keen to allow a small number fans into their stadium for either the League Two clash home fixture against Leyton Orient on Saturday, 26th September or the upcoming EFL Trophy meeting Chelsea Under-23s on Tuesday, 29th.

The EFL have confirmed that, despite Covid-19 cases continuing to rise, their upcoming pilot games will go ahead, however Walsall will miss out on those as they are set to make the trip to Doncaster to take on Harrogate Town on Saturday afternoon.

An EFL spokesman recently confirmed; "The EFL remains in discussions with the government about the pilot programme which may include a limited number of further pilot matches during September with capacity limited to 1,000.

"The league is clear in its view that social distancing can be applied safely in football stadia and that having crowds at matches is an absolutely essential part of helping to protect club finances, which remain under extreme pressure.

"Therefore, the successful delivery of further pilots will be an important step towards getting larger number of fans into grounds safely.

"The EFL will continue its dialogue with DCMS and the SGSA to ensure that evidence and insight secured from these events helps to inform the government’s position on welcoming back supporters post October 1."

Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is set to meet with various sporting bodies later this week regarding the planned return to fans and, if the plans go ahead, Walsall could be able to welcome some 3,270 fans back into the stadium.

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