Arsenal fans will be allowed back into the Emirates to watch next week’s crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City… but only on screens in stadium restaurants.
Supporters have been unable to attend Premier League matches since March due to the coronavirus crisis but Arsenal will screen the game in two separate hospitality areas.
Mikel Arteta’s side will be 200 miles away at the Etihad but 368 Gunners can still gather – in groups of no more than six – to watch it at their home ground.
The scheme will follow current government guidelines for pubs and restaurants and is being piloted for the Manchester City clash on October 17.
Arsenal were preparing to allow fans to return in October but the Government’s decision to delay those plans forced them to adapt.
Now, like several lower-league clubs, they will allow club members to watch the game on TV inside the stadium.
For a spot in the Dial Square restaurant, tickets for adults cost £49 and children under 16 can go for £29.
They will be able to enjoy pizza and drinks while watching the match on big screens. There will also be an opportunity to have a photo with the Community Shield, which Arteta’s side won at a deserted Wembley in August.
Fans can also pay £169 per person (or book a booth for £179pp) to watch the game in the plush WM Club restaurant.
This includes a three-course meal, a photo opportunity with the FA Cup and a Q&A with a club legend.
Fans will only be allowed to arrive one hour before kick-off and will be subject to rigorous coronavirus protocols, including temperature checks and test and trace.