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1000 MEMBERS PERMITTED TO RETURN TO COPTHALL STADIUM 

WELCOME BACK!

SARACENS MEN vs LEICESTER TIGERS XV  |  SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER  |  KO 13H00

ENTER THE BALLOT TO ATTEND

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Saracens Men will host a Leicester Tigers XV in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 12th December with the club delighted to confirm 1,000 members will be able to attend the fixture.

The game is free of charge and will not count as one of the 16 matches purchased as part of a Seasonal Membership.

Following the Government’s confirmation that London has been placed in Tier 2 of the localised COVID-19 restriction measures, Copthall Stadium will be opening its doors for fans for the first time since the Men in Black faced the Tigers back in March.

It is anticipated that this will be the first of several pre-season games for the Saracens Men’s squad ahead of the eagerly awaited start to the Greene King IPA Championship in January.

This game, along with the other Men’s pre-season fixtures and the upcoming Saracens Women’s home games will each have separate ballots to fans to enter and provide the perfect opportunity to get our supporters back to the stadium to support our teams.

The games will also allow the club to demonstrate we can provide a safe and Covid-secure venue. This will help us welcome back many more fans to the stadium once Government restrictions allow.

Please read all the information below carefully before entering the ballot and refer to our FAQs at the bottom of the page if you have any questions.

STEP 1

ENTER THE BALLOT

In order to facilitate a fair and equal process, the club will email all Seasonal Members on Saturday 5th December 2020 to enter the ballot for this game.

Each member will be permitted 1 ballot entry and will be able to apply for the same number of tickets as they hold memberships.

Ballot entries will need to be registered no later than 17H00 on Monday 7th December.

STEP 2

RECEIVE YOUR INVITE

The ballot will take place on Tuesday 8th December with an email sent to all successful supporters on the same day.

For members who are not successful in the ballot for this game, you will be notified via email. Although this will come as a disappointment, you will be pleased to know that the game will be live streamed and further details will be provided in the build up to the game.

Please note that it is our aim to provide all Seasonal Members who enter the ballot with access to at least one Saracens Men’s pre-season game prior to the start of the Championship season.

STEP 3

BRING YOUR EMAIL

Successful members will need to print (or show on a mobile phone) their ballot success email containing all the required information to access the stadium, including arrival time, allocated entry gate, stand and assigned block.

Emails will need to be shown on entrance to the stadium, along with a photo ID (E.g. Drivers Licence, Passport).

IMPORTANT!

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SEATING

We are unable to provide Seasonal Members with access to their usual seats. Instead members will be allocated into a specific stand and block as part of the ballot process. Upon entering the stadium, at a specified time found in your ballot success email, you will be directed to your allocated block where you will be escorted to your seat by one of our wonderful Pioneers.

Please follow the signage carefully, using the one-way flows where required, and listen to the Pioneers as they assist you.

You will be required to wear a face mask or equivalent face covering at all times whilst in the stadium unless you are eating and drinking, or you are exempt.

FOOD AND DRINK

Select external concessions will be open around the stadium to facilitate social distancing and a limited amount of food and drink will be available to purchase. Please follow the guidance and instructions outlined in our Spectator Code of Conduct, should you wish to purchase food and drink when on site.

As part of the test event, the Olympic Bar will not be open.

Currently supporters will be unable to use their Rewards4Rugby credit for food & beverage for this game.

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TRAVEL

Please comply with all current Government requirements and guidance regarding COVID-19 when travelling to and leaving the stadium. You can help control coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel safely by walking and cycling, if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive.

At this present time, travel from Tier 3 to Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas to attend a rugby match is not permitted. We would ask that if you are in a Tier 3 area you follow government restrictions and do not enter the ballot.

Limited parking will be available to purchase at the stadium. Please indicate your method of travel as part of your ballot application. We will provide successful members with details of how to purchase parking at the stadium within their invitation email. Please note we cannot guarantee parking if you are successful with your application.

Please note: Saracens Shuttle buses will not be running for this match.

HOSPITALITY

Please note that we will not be offering any hospitality packages for this specific game. Details of hospitality offerings for future Saracens Men’s pre-season games will be shared with Hospitality Seasonal Members directly.

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SARACENS STORE

The club shop will be open up until the start of the second half. We ask that you maintain social distance whilst in the shop, wear a face mask and make use of the hand sanitising stations available.

STAYING COVID SAFE

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HANDS

Please use one of the many hand sanitising stations situated around the stadium provided by our Official Hygiene Partner – Rentokil.

FACE

Face masks should be worn when walking to and from your seats.

SPACE

Please maintain a social distance of at least 2m throughout the match day. Please follow the signage carefully, using the one-way flows where required, and listen to the Pioneers as they assist you.

BALLOT CLOSED

FAQs

The club will be hosting two pilot events, in line with government regulations, to put its Covid-19 protocols into practice. Once these protocols have been deemed successful on a smaller scale, the club will look to increase the attendance of future matches. These decisions are made with the safety of all visitors to Copthall Stadium in mind.

Due to the limited capacity at present, we are unfortunately unable to welcome all our seasonal members to fixtures all at once. We anticipate demand for tickets from our supporters to exceed supply and will therefore be facilitating a fair and balanced ballot process to select attendees.

Because of the limited supply of tickets available, the ballot is only open to Saracens Seasonal Members who have renewed their Seasonal Membership for 2 or 3 seasons by the 4th December 2020.

Seasonal Members will not be able to request to sit in their usual seat, or another specific seat, due to the impact of COVID-19 seating restrictions.

Tickets will be allocated in certain blocks in each stand (North Stand, South Stand or East Stand) with supporters directed to particular seats within that block. This is to ensure social distancing between supporters, and those in groups/bubbles, can take place.

Supporters are not permitted to move seats at any time.

It is not possible to select a specific stand. Stands and seat blocks will be allocated at random to successful members and you will be directed to sit in an allocated seat to maintain social distancing.

Each member will be permitted 1 ballot entry and will be able to apply for the same number of tickets as they hold memberships. Only Seasonal Members who have renewed their memberships for 2 or 3 seasons are eligible to enter the ballot.

Yes, we want to ensure all our Seasonal Members that you will be given an equal opportunity to return to Copthall Stadium and support Sarries.

There is no advantage to entering the ballot early – all entrants across the period the ballot is open will have an equal chance.

Please note that it is our aim to provide all Seasonal Members who enter the ballot with access to at least one Saracens Men’s pre-season game prior to the start of the Championship season.

The ballot is open from the 5th December to 17H00 on Monday 7th December.

Please note that it is our aim to provide all Seasonal Members who enter the ballot with access to at least one Saracens Men’s pre-season game prior to the start of the Championship season

The club would look to enforce face coverings for all our supporters within the ground, unless they are eating or drinking.

Saracens fully understands some people are exempt from wearing a face covering for medical reasons and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. We will not ask for written evidence of this.

Some people however may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

Tickets for this game are free of charge to Seasonal Members only and do not count toward the 16 games purchased as part of your 2020-21 Seasonal Membership.

No. In line with government track and trace, access will only be granted to the person whose name is on the ticket. The transfer of tickets is strictly forbidden and the ticket forwarding function will not be in operation. Named photographic ID must be shown on entry and must match the name on the ticket. Entry will not be permitted without your photo ID and match ticket being verified.

Successful members will need to print (or show on a mobile phone) their ballot success email containing all the required information to access the stadium. including arrival time and assigned stand and block.

Emails will need to be shown on entrance to the stadium, along with a photo ID (E.g. Drivers Licence, Passport).

No. Only event specific tickets, in the form of a printed email or clearly displayed on a mobile device, may be shown to gain entry to the stadium.

Tickets will be distributed as HTML emails to either print out or display on a mobile device. Please present your email ticket to a Pioneer (steward) on arrival.

Supporters must socially distance and ensure they only sit in the seat allocated to them. Supporters are not permitted to move seats at any time. Saracens Pioneers and staff will be on site to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to (if not part of a pre-determined group/bubble).

In line with our Code of Conduct, any supporters who refuse to adhere to the stadium regulations may be asked to leave the premises.

Supporters must read and agree to our new Supporter Code of Conduct before entering the ballot.

Spectators must not attend if they are suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, and/or are required to self-isolate. Supporters will be refused entry to the ground should they display any Covid-19 symptoms including a high temperature.

If you feel ill please contact your nearest pioneer, and you will then be directed to our medical team.

No, supporters may not bring in personal food and drink into the ground. To reduce the need or time required for entry searches, supporters are discouraged from bringing any bags to the stadium. For those requiring a bag the maximum size permitted is A4. Please note there will be no bag storage facilities available.

No the club shop will not be open.

Due to the limitations of delivering this restricted pilot event safely, not all facilities will be available. There will be music and entertainment on the large screens but limited entertainment and activities around the stadium to ensure no crowd build ups that may impact social distancing.

Government guidance recommends against the use of public transport unless essential; therefore, we ask all fans to try to arrive at the stadium in cars or taxis, either alone or with other members of their social bubble.

Limited parking will be available at the stadium please indicate your method of travel as part of your ballot application and we will provide successful members with parking details within their invitation email.

Your email ticket will specify a time for you to arrive at the stadium. This is to facilitate the smooth and safe flow of supporters into the stadium, accounting for temperature, ticket and ID checks at the gate.

Your email ticket will also specify the gate you should enter the stadium.

 

Please be aware spectators may be asked to wait in their seats at the end of the match to ensure that areas are dispersed to ensure social distancing.

Due to social distancing and the zones at the stadium, supporters will not be able to interact with players as they normally would. Supporters are, at this moment in time, discouraged from asking players for autographs and pictures – if you do, please do not be disheartened should the player in question politely decline.

No. Please leave any balls that come into the stand, alert your nearest Pioneer to its whereabouts if needs be and they will collect and transfer back to the pitch.

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