London Irish is excited about the prospect of supporters soon being able to attend fixtures at our new home at the Brentford Community Stadium.
With the Government announcing on Monday that supporters will be permitted to return to stadiums post the current lockdown, depending on the tiering system in which the club is located, we are now assessing all of our options regarding the safe return of supporters for upcoming Gallagher Premiership and Challenge Cup fixtures.
Owing to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possibility of moving between tiers, we will still be committing to our updated ticketing policy announced on November 9, which can be found here.
But with the possibility – which is all it is at this stage as we await confirmation of our tiering – of opening our doors for the Sale fixture on Sunday 6 December, we are actively encouraging Season Ticket holders to revisit the ticketing policy as soon as possible ahead of the Wednesday 2 December deadline, which will allow the club to plan ahead accordingly in the best-case scenario that the London borough of Hounslow is in tier 1 or tier 2.
Should we receive positive news tomorrow (Thursday), the club has preliminary plans in place to go on sale for the Sale fixture as early as this Friday (November 27).
Season Ticket holders who choose to defer their Season Ticket to the following campaign will receive priority access to book match tickets for home games at a discounted rate. Exile Nation Members will also be entitled to discounted tickets and have second priority to book, before tickets go on general sale. To become an Exile Nation Member, please click here.
Season Ticket holders who choose to claim a refund will not receive priority access for match tickets. Supporters are reminded that those who claim a refund will need to re-book their Season Ticket for the 2021/22 season and be subject to price increases. There is no guarantee that your original seat will still be available. For more information on deferrals and refunds, please click here.
Supporters should note the following information relating to fixtures played with limited crowds:
- Tickets will be available in the North and West Stands, with hospitality in the South Stand
- North Stand will accommodate adults and concessions only
- West Stand will accommodate adults, concessions and juniors – including family bundles
- All tickets will be mobile tickets
- Supporters are only able to book tickets with members of their household and all groups of bookings will be socially distanced
- Tickets must be booked in advance
- In the event that a fixture is cancelled, or played behind closed doors, owing to a change in COVID-19 protocols, purchasers will be entitled to a full refund
Further information will be provided when tickets go on sale.
London Irish CEO, Brian Facer, said: "The latest government announcement is really welcome news for all clubs, including ourselves, as we embark on an exciting new chapter at the Brentford Community Stadium.
"Sport without fans is nothing and even if we can get a small percentage of our supporters – who have been incredibly understanding, patient and supportive during the pandemic – into the stadium over the coming weeks and months, that will be a great boost for the club and our loyal fan-base.
"We’ve been liaising with our colleagues at Brentford for some time in preparation for this news and once we receive official confirmation on Thursday of what the tiering system looks like for the London borough of Hounslow, we’ll be in a far better position to make some informed decisions.
"We’re looking forward to welcoming our supporters to our new home at Brentford in our first season back in the capital for over 20 years."