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Fans return to Amex Stadium as Brighton host Chelsea

29 Aug 2020
Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Seagulls' pre-season friendly is watched by 2,500 supporters in test event on Saturday

The first trial event match of 2020/21 took place on Saturday between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea at the Amex Stadium.

With a number of Government guidelines in place, 2,500 supporters attended the pre-season friendly for the first time since COVID-19 affected the sport in March.

Face masks were worn in and around the ground, hand sanitiser was provided outside, temperature checks and socially distanced seating were all part of the safety measures taken.

Below are some photos taken at the event.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Instructions are on display outside the stadium telling supporters the safety measures they must follow. All payments in the stadium will be cashless, with contactless payment preferred.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Supporters stop to clean their hands at a sanitiser station, which will be available across the stadium, on entry to all turnstiles, the store, near catering outlets and within toilets.

Fans return to Amex Stadium

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.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Socially distanced seating is in place as fans watch the action unfold. Supporters must socially distance and sit only in the seat allocated to them. They cannot move seats at any time.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Face coverings must always be worn at the stadium on matchday, unless you are sat in a seat or while eating or drinking.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Supporters remain safely distanced as they stand to applaud the players.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Home supporters are spread out as far as the eye can see as Chelsea's new signing Hakim Ziyech prepares to take a corner.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

From a side view it looks just like a normal matchday, even though safety protocols are being carefully observed.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

The home faithful watch their team play live for the first time in over five months as Brighton and Chelsea play out a 1-1 draw.

Fans return to the Amex Stadium

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso takes a throw-in in front of a welcome and familiar backdrop.

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