COVID-19 venue news: Tottenham, Burnley, Hull City and more

Tottenham Hotspur

English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has detailed plans for a live video fan wall during Friday’s behind-closed-doors match against Manchester United.

The ‘Spurs Inside’ initiative will invite fans to feature on the giant video screens at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the match. Fan footage will be streamed intermittently throughout the match, with a select number of season ticket holders and executive members to feature as part of the initiative.

Fans can enter the club’s competition by submitting a photo of what their ‘matchday sofa scene’ will look like, with the best entries to be selected to take their place at the match. The deadline for fans to enter is tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

Fans will require a device with a webcam, a Zoom account, and a subscription with the broadcaster showing the match in their location. The match itself will not be shown live and fans will be required to watch on a separate device.

From the entries, Tottenham will recruit fans to represent the club in a separate video fan wall concept, which will be delivered by Premier League Productions and made available to broadcasters globally.


Fellow Premier League club Burnley has announced similar plans for a fan wall, which will be used as part of the broadcast for each of its home and away fixtures when the season resumes.

Burnley is seeking 24 fans from around the world to watch the club and support the team via video link. Fans will require an internet connection with a device that supports Google Chrome and has a working camera and headphones.

Fans will be asked to sign a consent form and code of conduct before joining a stream of the match, which they will need to access 60 minutes before kick-off and stay on for the duration of the game.

Meanwhile, Leicester City is inviting fans to send in short video messages of support that can be displayed on LED boards at the King Power Stadium.

Supporters have also been invited to send in clips featuring iconic Leicester goal celebrations. Clips will be shown both in the stadium on match days and across the club’s official social media channels.

Hull City

Moving into the Championship, and Hull City has teamed up with Show Racism the Red Card to raise funds for the anti-racism educational charity, with the club to place cut-outs of fans at the KCOM Stadium during behind-closed-doors matches.

Hull has four remaining home matches and the club has invited supporters to have their face in the crowd through recyclable, waterproof cut-outs. Hull said the idea was inspired by a similar initiative at German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, which ordered 12,000 life-size cut-outs of fans to fill Borussia Park.

Hull fans will be able to buy the cut-outs for £20. With production costs set at £10, the remaining £10 from every cut-out purchased will be put towards Show Racism the Red Card. Hull is also encouraging fans from across the country to get involved in the campaign.

Paul Kearns, deputy chief executive at Show Racism the Red Card, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Hull City in this way. We’re incredibly appreciative of their strong stance in using their profile and influence to help highlight this continued injustice and ensure that positive change can come of the current situation – and if it can give the Hull players some sort of boost whilst playing too, then all the better.”

Fans have until tomorrow night to submit their pictures. The cut-outs will then be delivered to the KCOM Stadium and installed in time for Saturday’s match against Charlton Athletic.

Franklin’s Gardens

Plans have been announced for a Car Park Party event at Franklin’s Gardens, home of the Northampton Saints Premiership rugby union club.

As part of the initiative, Car Park D at Franklin’s Gardens will host two evening shows on July 17-18, with a wide range of acts set to perform. Guests will be able to enjoy the show while observing social distancing as they remain seated in their own car.

Car Park Party is the only live event currently touring the UK. The event is described as a safe and socially-distanced entertainment experience and features comedy, theatre and karaoke. Tickets for the event start from £30 per car, with 350 spaces to be available for each performance.

A traffic management team will be on site, with all vehicles to be parked two metres apart during the event. Tickets will be scanned through the windows, ensuring no human contact will be necessary.

Edinburgh Rugby

Scottish Pro14 rugby union team Edinburgh Rugby has resumed work on its new 7,800-seat stadium after the Scottish government confirmed that the construction sector can restart on a phased basis.

The stadium is being built near Murrayfield and the club received the green light for the project back in September. Edinburgh Rugby had hoped to begin playing at the stadium from the start of the 2020-21 season but COVID-19 has led to a delay in work.

Edinburgh will continue to play at Murrayfield, home of the Scottish national team, while work on its new home is carried out.

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