Ulster Rugby will welcome 1,000 supporters to Kingspan Stadium this weekend, in line with the Northern Ireland Executive relaxing some of the restrictions around Covid-19.
The game against Scarlets with a 7-35 PM kick off on Sunday night, will be the first at which fans have been able to attend in person since the opening game of the season against Benetton Rugby.
On that occasion, the club successfully trialled the safe return of spectators following extensive consultation with the IRFU, Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Executive.
This weekend follows on from last week at Windsor Park in Belfast when just over 1,000 fans were admitted in a socially distanced fashion for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2021 Qualifier in soccer against Slovakia.
500 pairs of tickets will be made available to #TogetherUlster Members only via an online ballot process. Members who applied for tickets to the Benetton match but missed out due to limited availability will receive priority in the ballot.
It is a fair way to reward those who committed the most as fans to supporting the province through a year that has tested everybody and every organisation.
#TogetherUlster Memberships are still available online – priced at £65 for Adults with a £10 bolt-on option for Juniors. All adult members will have access to the ballot.
Sunday night’s match will feature a mix of seating and terracing in operation across all four stands and the East Terrace. Tickets are priced at £20 each, allocated in groups of two with two-metre physical distancing factored in.
The online ballot will be open for 24 hours from 1 pm today, Tuesday 17 November on the Ulster Rugby Ticket Account Manager and account holders can apply for one pair of tickets per every adult #TogetherUlster Membership held.
All successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday evening once the ballot has closed and tickets have been allocated. Members will then have until 1pm on Thursday 19 November to confirm their ticket purchase and process payment.
It will be a strange environment but a positive one for the fans and the sport.
No such initiatives are currently envisaged in the republic of Ireland but the hope is that evidence from around Europe, played back to Government through a special working group from the GAA, FAI and IRFU, will give rise to relaxation as soon as it is deemed safe.
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