Matchdays: COVID-19 & planning your arrival

Matchdays: COVID-19 & planning your arrival

30 December 2021

With the government instruction to make Covid passports and Lateral Flow Test (LFT) evidence mandatory at all stadia and event spaces across the country, Blues wanted to share with you how this will work on your next visit to St. Andrew’s.

The meeting with Queens Park Rangers in the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday 2 January 2022 will mark the introduction of the Club’s testing procedure, which will continue until the Government relaxes protocols.

First and foremost, we are asking all fans to arrive at the stadium far earlier than they would usually, as entry will take longer than on previous matchdays. To give fans the chance to arrive safely and in good time, the stadium will open earlier than normal – with our next three home fixtures kicking-off at different times, please see the altered entry times below:

🕒 Sunday 2pm kick-off – 11.30am opening

🕒 Saturday 5.30pm kick-off – 3pm opening

🕒 Saturday 3pm kick-off – 12.30pm opening

Upon arriving at the stadium, each stand will operate a new queuing system that all fans will be required to enter prior to heading to the turnstiles. At this point, stewards will ask to be shown one of the following:

✅ A valid digital NHS Covid pass (all double vaccinated people can access this here)

✅ A printed NHS Covid pass (click here to order your paper pass – these can take up to 10 working days)

✅ Proof of a recent negative LFT or PCR test, within 48 hours of kick-off (email or text message from NHS)

Please note, these are the only three forms of proof that will be accepted. The card you receive after getting your vaccine will not be accepted. Please read our recent article on government guidelines here.

In order to reduce queuing times and to avoid any internet issues that can occur at stadia, we encourage all fans to download an up-to-date Covid pass before arriving and have them out and ready for checks.

In accordance with Government rulings, it is with regret that stewards will turn away any supporter who cannot present one of the three above options, and no refunds will be issued.

Such checks will also be in-place when purchasing a match ticket from the ticket offices, so any supporter who wishes to buy on the day will be required to queue up for checks twice. For this reason, we strongly advise purchasing tickets in advance to matchday.

The Club is working with West Midlands Police and the local authorities to carry out the government-enforced restrictions, and whilst we appreciate this may not be ideal for a number of fans, we are working to make the process as quick and seamless as possible. We would like to reiterate that arriving early will help the Club and stewards to make the checks successful and assist in reducing all waiting times.

We thank you for your co-operation and continued support.