Tottenham ‘explore possibility of bringing back 4,000 of the club’s highest-paying supporters into the stadium’ for opening Premier League clash with Everton next weekend
- Chairman Daniel Levy aims to open up nearly half of Tottenham’s corporate area
- Spurs are expecting a decision on if they can re-open safely early next week
- Itt remains unclear how supporters will be selected if given the green light
- Tottenham take on Everton next Sunday in their opening Premier League game
Following lockdown from the coronavirus outbreak earlier in the year, the resumption of the Premier League in June saw all the remaining fixtures played behind closed doors.
However, clubs are keen to get supporters through the turnstiles as soon as possible again and according to the Telegraph Spurs hope to find out in the early part of next week whether they will be allowed to open up White Hart Lane to around 4,000 fans.
Tottenham Hotspur supporters could be among the first to return to the Premier League
Spurs players will kick off their Premier League campaign at home to Everton next Sunday
The plan would see supporters fill just under half of the the 9,000 capacity for corporate clients, which chairman Daniel Levy believes he can make safe in line with coronavirus restrictions including social distancing.
Despite the match taking place in just eight days time, it is still unclear how the supporters would be chosen or if fans who could not attend would be able to claim a refund if the project is given the green light and they cannot attend.
Levy’s believes that by opening up White Hart Lane’s corporate areas, it will be a lot easier to control than the majority of the 62,000 stadium and prove an ideal trial run for allowing fans back into grounds across the country.
Chairman Daniel Levy hopes to lead the way with test events for bringing back fans to games
The impressive new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in 2019 and holds up to 62,000
However the move is still likely to anger season ticket holders of the north London club if the seats are not decided via a ballot involving them.
Having just built a new £1bn stadium, Spurs felt the pinch financially during the pandemic and hope that by at least attracting 4,000 supporters for the game they can pocket as much as £1.5million.
A seat in an executive box can cost £800 a match, with the cheapest hospitality seat thought to be around £250 without the dining experience.
Levy has also looked ahead on plans on reopening White Hart Lane with another test event, that will see half of the ground’s capacity allow around 31,000 to attend one of their earlier top flight matches of the campaign.
Levy hopes to welcome back many more fans for follow up test events at the ground