Fans allowed at Singapore Premier League game as part of pilot test

A maximum of 200 fans will be allowed to catch the match between Tampines Rovers and Geylang International this weekend.

Phoon Jia Hui

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Published: 2 December 2020, 5:35 PM

For the first time since Mar 14, Singapore Premier League (SPL) fans will be allowed to return to the stands and enjoy a game in person, as part of a pilot test. 

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Tuesday (Dec 2) that 200 fans – 150 home and 50 away – will be allowed to enter the Dec 5 SPL match between Tampines Rovers and Geylang International. 

The game will be held at Our Tampines Hub (OTH). 

“The successful outcome of this test is critical for us to explore the possibility of having fans return to all stadium venues for the 2021 SPL season. While they have been able to follow the action through the ‘live’ broadcasts, nothing can replace the feeling of cheering your team on in the flesh from the stands,” FAS president Lim Kia Tong said in a press release. 

“It is imperative that they adhere strictly to all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of  themselves and others present. The presence of supporters will also be a morale boost for the teams and players.”

To gain entry, fans will need to purchase a match ticket online via the FAS website and undergo the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) on-site at OTH. The test will be done for free. 

They will be able to choose from predetermined time slots as to when they wish to have their ART done, with results expected in about 30 minutes. 

The ART must be done on the same day as the match. Fans will need to produce proof of purchase of the match ticket and a corresponding form of identification.

Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong expressed his excitement at the move in a Facebook post.

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He said: “This is part of a pilot for fans to enjoy a live match experience in a safe manner. I know this will excite many SPL fans out there, especially since we could see a local team being crowned SPL champions for the first time since 2014!”

Tickets for the game cost $6. A concession ticket cost $2. 

Fans who are unable to purchase match tickets will still be able to catch the action LIVE on Singtel TV, StarHub TV and myCujoo. It will also be streamed online via the SPL and 1 Play Sports Facebook pages. 

The SPL resumed on Oct 17 and Tampines currently leads the table going into the matches this evening.

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