Under step three of the prime minister’s roadmap to normality, up to 10,000 fans or 25 per cent of capacity, whichever is lower, will be allowed back in ‘outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out’, no earlier than May 17.
United’s final Premier League game of the season is at Bramall Lane against Burnley on May 23 and The Star understands that tickets could be allocated to fans via either the loyalty points system or a ballot.
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Intriguingly, a ‘home match ballots’ section has appeared on United’s ticketing website, although it is as yet unclear if this will be used for the Burnley game or for games in the future in case Bramall Lane is forced to operate under reduced capacity.
But a club spokesperson confirmed that no definitive decisions have yet taken place. United did have plans in place to welcome back supporters late last year, when the tier system was introduced, but their hopes were scuppered when Sheffield was placed in tier three and fans were barred from attending.
Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton at Wembley was used as a test event, with 4,000 fans allowed in, while Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre has also welcomed back snooker fans for the World Championship as a pilot. The current plan is to play the final on May 3 in front of a capacity crowd of just under 1,000.