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Reading In Tier 2: Two Thousand Fans Allowed

26 November 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading Borough Council has been placed in tier 2 (high alert) from 2nd December after the government national restrictions come to an end on that date. This means that Reading Football Club will be able to allow 2,000 fans to watch upcoming home fixtures.

The first game that fans will be able to attend this season will be the home game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 5 December. With well over 2,000 fans having paid their retainers for reserved season tickets, the club will have to work out which will be given the chance to watch the team for the first time at home since March 2020.


Discussion On This Story:


» 23 Nov 2020 17:05

My understanding is from the 2nd Dec live sporting events can have up to 4000 spectators in tier 1 and 2 areas.

1) is Reading likely to fall in one of these tiers come the 2nd Dec?
2) Will Reading open the doors?
3) How will tickets work?

 Snowflake Royal

» 23 Nov 2020 17:24

Won't be returning personally. The travel would be crazy under the circumstances.

Hoping I'll still be able to watch on IFollow.


» 23 Nov 2020 17:31

Are you talking about due to long covid?

I think for those fans that do go, it should be relatively easy experience. Plenty of parking.


» 23 Nov 2020 17:39

Will concourses be open?


» 23 Nov 2020 17:45

2k if T2 isn’t it

And yeah looking forward to it if I can get in. Did renew the season ticket so guess I’ve a good chance of being invited along


» 23 Nov 2020 18:40

Same here. Not sure how many of us have renewed but would go back. I wouldn’t take the bus from Mereoak and would just park at the Stadium. If there’s no stadium parking I may give it a miss.


» 23 Nov 2020 18:41

Fully understandable Ian. I’m certain iFollow will continue because 1) the majority of fans still wont be able to go to games and 2) iFollow is a useful revenue stream.

 Snowflake Royal

» 23 Nov 2020 19:06

Are you talking about due to long covid?

I think for those fans that do go, it should be relatively easy experience. Plenty of parking.
I travel from Cambridge, it's bonkers to go that far for a game, via trains and the tube, during a pandemic.


» 23 Nov 2020 19:13

I wish our club and all the others the best of luck in working out how all of this will operate. Typical of the Government to give them so little prior warning. From what I understand they're not even publishing details of the new tiers until Thursday so clubs won't know whether they're allowed 4,000, 2,000 or sod all fans until then!


» 23 Nov 2020 19:16

Agreed it’s a nightmare for clubs. How do they work out who can go to the games and what then happens if some fans decide they don’t want to go. Do they still have to pay for that proportion of their season tickets?
The numbers allowed through the turnstiles will barely make it profitable to open up stadia.


» 23 Nov 2020 19:44

I think most clubs have had plans in place for a while of some sort. I hope so anyway or else it’ll be mayhem

Guessing with us we’ve prob not sold too many more than 4K season tickets so maybe a bit easier. It will only be open to them. Big teams who might have sold a load more might have some interesting decisions to make


» 23 Nov 2020 20:50

The club haven’t sold season tickets? Are you referring to the small retainer we paid instead?

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