On the eve of the English Premier League’s return, we now have a better idea of the methods in which clubs are adopting to gain their ‘home advantage’ in behind closed door matches.
We have seen many clubs around the world use different measures to combat the flat atmospheres and eeriness of empty stadiums; including topflight German side Borussia Mönchengladbach introducing fan cardboard cutouts around the stadium and the Spanish La Liga adding artificial fan noise into stadiums and CGI crowds.
Premier League teams have now begun to follow this trend and tactic for their home games, as West Ham, Wolves and Brighton have offered fans the chance to be a part of their crowd mosaic, similar to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Tottenham Hotspur has released a club statement that allows fans the chance to be displayed live on the video screens in the stadium during their first game back against Manchester United on Friday, June 19.
All fans have to do to enter is send a picture of their sofa setup for the game, then if they are chosen, they will be streamed live from their home showing their live reaction to in-game events but more importantly, showing their support for the players and club. In the club statement, they mentioned that they will only be allowing their regular match attenders to enter which will only include their season ticket holders and executive members. The live streams of fans, however, will not include any audio.
The club has set a set of requirements among being a season ticket holder or an executive member this includes; a device with a webcam, a Zoom account, a subscription to the television broadcaster which is showing the game for your location and a fast and secure internet connection. Spurs are offering all season ticket members a two-day free NOW TV Sky Sports pass if they do not currently have a subscription that qualifies them to watch the match.
The club statement read: “Spurs Inside is another first for the club, streamed live on our giant video screens in the stadium bowl intermittently throughout the match so that the players will know fans are watching and cheering them on.”
“We want to see you in your Spurs colours surrounded by as much Club merchandise and memorabilia as you can get your hands on – get the whole family involved. Those who send us the best photos will be selected to take their place ‘at the match’!”.
Author: Bradleigh Amis