Our friendly at Marine will see spectators allowed into the ground. The game will be all ticket with a government limit set at 200 fans.
Marine club officials have been busy preparing for the pre-season friendly following the Governments introduction of a phased return of spectators for non-league football the game kicks off at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25th August.
The Government will only allow a maximum of 200 spectators in for the game based on 15% of the minimum stadium capacity for the NPL North West Division of 1,350 even though the Marine Travel Arena has a capacity of 3,185.
As a consequence of the low maximum number of fans allowed into the stadium Marine announce that for safety reasons the game will be all ticket with a cost of £8 per ticket that can only be purchased on line at Eventbrite using the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marine-fc-v-southport-fc-tickets-117580120305
Any away fans found to be using home tickets allocations will be refused entry to the ground and no refund will be offered.
Fans entering the stadium must have their e-ticket which will be scanned on entry at gates 1 or 2 on College Road which will open at 6:30pm from which The Arriva Suite can be accessed for bar refreshments and snacks. The seating in the stand will be strictly limited to allow social distancing.
Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:
“It is five months since football stopped in the middle of March so it is a huge relief that the government have now allowed spectators into games for the majority of clubs in the non-league system.
After such a long lay-off but with severely limited numbers we have no option but to declare the Southport game all ticket with ticket purchasing arrangements made via Eventbrite for both home and away supporters.
These arrangements have been made in the interests of the safety of the players, staff and fans attending the game and will help us to be compliant with Government guidelines.
Our stadium Covid Officer will publish the required risk assessment on the Club’s website marinefc.com at the beginning of next week.”
Paul added “I look forward to welcoming the players, staff and supporters of Southport in what is our first game at the MTA for five months. The lockdown has enabled us to give the stadium a real makeover, the floodlights have been upgraded and the pitch looks really great so Tuesday will be quite emotional for many of us as we finally return to football.”