Everything we know so far about the Sheffield Wednesday season ticket plan for the rest of the season
Sheffield Wednesday supporters eager to know what options they will be given when it comes to the outstanding games left on their season tickets were given a little more information yesterday as the club released a short statement.
It has been long confirmed, of course, that supporters will not be allowed to visit stadiums with clubs each facing nine matches yet to play this season, which will restart on June 20.
Wednesday have five home matches left to play; against Nottingham Forest, West Brom, Preston, Huddersfield and Middlesbrough, and four away matches.
So, what’s the latest for season ticket holders?
There’s nothing absolutely concrete just yet, but yesterday’s statement from Wednesday seems to have satisfied the majority of fans, with the promise of a range of options to suit the individual situation.
Wednesdayites have been thanked by the club for their patience in ‘unprecedented and challenging times’.
The club statement said more would be made crystal clear next week following an EFL update on the streaming services available to supporters.
What options are likely to be included, then?
Options for season ticket holders are likely to include a pro-rata refund, the awarding of equivalent value in ticket credit, merchandise points or what the club have described as ‘donation opportunities’.
Supporters will also be given the option to watch all the club’s remaining matches on the iFollow streaming service.
Why not just throw a blanket refund out to everyone?
It’s no secret that football league clubs have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and while a pro-rata refund appears to be an option for season ticket-holding supporters, every penny counts.
Matchday revenue is understood to make up a large percentage of the club’s annual income in Wednesday’s case and this isn’t an easy situation to navigate.
How does their approach compare to other clubs?
The early indications are that Sheffield Wednesday will come out of this on the right side of history, from a fan perspective at least.
Clubs such as Sunderland have received a backlash for removing any refund option altogether.
But are we going to be able to watch every game?
Yes. Wednesday are awaiting an EFL statement this week on that. It’s expected in the next week.
What exactly has the club said?
That statement in full; “Sheffield Wednesday can inform supporters that we are finalising details on a number of pro rata rebate options for fixtures missed in the 2019/20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The EFL have this afternoon confirmed the ability for Season Ticket holders to potentially access remaining home and away games via the iFollow streaming service, which we can now incorporate as a further rebate option.
“Additional details related to live streaming access will be issued to clubs next week, after which we will be in a position to communicate the full range of alternatives for supporters.
“Other options will include a pro-rata refund, equivalent value in ticket credit, merchandise points or donation opportunities.
“We would like to issue a vote of thanks for your patience during these unprecedented and challenging times.”