Fans welcomed back to Banbury Plant Hire Stadium from today
Supporters can once again show support for Banbury United as COVID-19 restrictions are eased
Puritans fans will once again be able to sample live football from the pitch side from today as Banbury United reopens its doors to supporters. This will be the first opportunity for fans to see any of the Puritans teams play since lockdown enforced an early end to the 2019-20 season.
The move comes after the government announced earlier this week that supporters would be allowed to attend football matches in the seventh tier and below – clubs in the leagues below National League North and South.
Today’s pre-season fixture will see the Banbury United Development team face Hook Norton. The match starts at 3pm and the club is not charging an entry fee for those wanting to watch.
Allowing fans in to grounds to matches played by teams like Banbury United has identified a clear distinction between local and recreational sport and elite sport. In the latter case pilots are required before an intended expansion from October 1.
Spectators at the Banbury Plant Hire Stadium today will notice some changes to ensure compliance with COVID-19 precautions. Entry will be via the clubhouse entry and everyone will be required to register on arrival for Track & Trace. The club asks that anyone showing any symptoms of COVID-19 stays away. Crowd numbers will be limited to 300, rising to 600 from September and the club will be seeking to reduce the number of cash payments it handles.
Under new manager Andy Whing, Banbury United’s first team will next be playing in pre-season friendlies against Wantage Town on Tuesday September 1 and then facing Brackley Town on Saturday September 5. It is intended that both matches will be open for supporters to attend.