Manchester City’s bid for a fourth successive League Cup will be played in front of a maximum of 2,000 City fans – but none of those present will be under 18.
The blues face Spurs at Wembley on 25th April and current Covid-19 restrictions looked like preventing any fans from attending the final. However, 2,000 tickets for each team have been made available, with 1,750 of City’s allocation being only for supporters in the Greater Manchester area, with the remaining 250 going on sale to fans in the London and South East areas.
But fans under the age of 18 and anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable or pregnant have been told not to apply for tickets. The 2,000 who will be going will have to take a lateral flow Coronavirus test at a designated site, rather than a home testing kit, 24 hours before the game. Fans must also have to prove they have a negative result prior to entering Wembley with either a text or email.
In addition, and as part of the government’s events research programme, supporters who successfully purchase a ticket must sign a consent form, as the government is assessing how major events can reopen safely as restrictions ease.
Fans are also being asked to take two PCR tests, which are designed to show if someone showing coronavirus symptoms currently has the virus. These tests can be taken at home, with the first coming before the match, and the second five days after. Fans will be told how to apply for the PCR tests.
A total of 8,000 will be present at Wembley, with the remaining 4,000 tickets being split between NHS staff and local residents. It will be the largest number at an outdoor sporting event since the pandemic started 13 months ago.