Carabao Cup final to host 8,000 fans for Manchester City vs Tottenham Wembley event, tickets also planned for NHS staff April 4, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
The Carabao Cup final at Wembley next month WILL be played in front of 8,000 fans, the EFL has confirmed.
The match, on 25 April, has now been confirmed as an official test event for the UK Government’s Events Research Programme.
The final will be one of a number of sports events used to collect evidence and collate best practice for managing and mitigating transmission risk. The evidence will then be shared across the event economy so that venues can prepare to accommodate fuller crowds and audiences.
“Having worked extensively with relevant stakeholders, the EFL can confirm that a proportion of tickets will be made available to finalist clubs, meaning fans from each side will be able to cheer on their teams, marking a welcome return of club supporters to English football,” a statement said.
“Further information on ticketing and club allocations will be announced separately in due course.
“Remaining allocations of tickets will be for groups including local residents in Brent and similarly NHS staff, who will be offered tickets as a ‘thank-you’ for the incredible service that has been provided during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
EFL chiefs also plan to dedicate the match on April 25 to the NHS, with both teams wearing ‘Thank You NHS’ badges on their shirts.
The Carabao Cup final was originally scheduled to take place in February but the EFL pushed it back in the hope of fans being able to attend.
EFL chairman Rick Parry made contact with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport after learning the FA Cup semi-finals, due to be played a week earlier, are being considered for test event status.
“The Carabao Cup is a prized asset of the EFL, a great competition for clubs to win and always a fantastic occasion so we are absolutely delighted to see supporters back for the 2021 Final, in what will hopefully be another important milestone along the way to a full return of fans,” Mr Parry said.
“Football has lots of expertise in crowd management so we welcome the opportunity to support the Government in its Events Research Programme and will also take great pride in hosting NHS staff at the Final to whom we owe so much for their momentous efforts throughout the pandemic.
“The EFL’s broad objective has always been to seek fans return to stadia as soon as it is safe to do so and we welcome the opportunity to play our part working collaboratively with Wembley Stadium, local authorities and specialists overseeing the research programme. These collective efforts will be crucial as we seek a return for fans of EFL clubs for the Play-Offs and start of the 2021/22 season, so that our members can plan with confidence.”
The FA Cup final on May 15 and the World Snooker Championships at The Crucible in Sheffield, beginning on April 17, have already been confirmed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as pilot test events.
When announcing its four-part plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown in February, the government declared up to 10,000 people could be allowed in stadiums for sporting events if the pilots are successful, but not before May 17.