October 3rd has been heralded as the possible return date for fans to finally be allowed back inside St James’ Park.
Top flight chiefs have pinpointed October as a realistic target for crowds to return and our first fixture of that month sees us host Burnley – who were ironically the visitors in our last home clash with fans back on February 29.
The Mail’s Craig Hope reports that Toon fans who have corporate boxes have already been contacted about a potential return as it is thought they will be allowed back first at half capacity.
Hope also reveals that the next step will be getting other season-ticket holders into St James’, saying it is ‘hoped’ that ‘significantly more than a third of the 52,000’ will be allowed to attend games once the Premier League give the go ahead.
Fans being allowed to return to stadiums is ultimately a decision at the discretion of the government, who are thought to have monitored Brighton’s recently friendly with Chelsea closely ahead of the mooted October comeback.
The Premier League has vowed to allow supporters back in grounds “as soon as possible,” and have also labelled last Saturday’s pilot game as a success ahead of the proposed return.
Champions Liverpool have also played a game in front of a spectators since the return from COVID-19, with their friendly against RB Leipzig in Austria being played in front of a limited attendance.