Everton Football Club has announced it will open a ballot for fans to apply for tickets for the Premier League match against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday 12 December (8pm GMT kick-off).
New Government COVID-19 guidelines mean 2,000 supporters can attend fixtures from this month - signalling the return of fans to Goodison Park for the first time since 1 March.
The registration period for eligible fans to enter the ballot will run from 5pm GMT, Wednesday 2 December to midnight on Friday 4 December.
All the 2,000 match tickets will be allocated via the ballot process. A minimum of 91% of tickets will be allocated to Season Ticket Members and a maximum of 9% to Seasonal Hospitality Members and players’ families. Full details of the ballot procedure for Seasonal Hospitality Members are available by clicking here.
The Club has developed a robust plan for the return of supporters which includes restricting ballot entries to Season Ticket Members and Season Hospitality Members who live in the Liverpool City Region.
In support of the Liverpool City Region mass-testing programme, all fans who are successful in the ballot will need to provide confirmation of having received a negative COVID-19 test result on the day of the game - or the day prior - to gain entry to the stadium.
The Howard Kendall Gwladys Street stand, the Top Balcony and designated areas for disabled fans will be used to accommodate supporters as part of a socially distanced seating plan.
Season Ticket Members who are eligible and wish to enter the ballot can do so by following these steps:
- Access the online ballot by clicking here or by calling the Fan Centre on 0151 556 1878 (opening hours 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
- Select the Chelsea fixture and indicate the number and category of seats required (up to a maximum of six per registration from a friends and family group of eligible Season Ticket Members)
Season Ticket Members who live outside the Liverpool City Region, who choose not to enter the ballot or who are unsuccessful in the ballot will receive a pro-rata refund for the fixture as part of the Season Ticket refund process. The next instalment of Season Ticket refunds will be issued in February 2021 and will cover all Premier League fixtures between 1 November and 31 January that Season Ticket Members have not attended.
Fans will receive an email confirming the outcome of their ballot entry by 5pm GMT on Monday 7 December. Emails to successful fans with instructions on how to download their electronic match ticket/(s) and further key information to ensure the safety of everyone at the game will be distributed from Tuesday 8 December. This email communication will include a link to the COVID-19 Matchday Code of Conduct which must be accepted by all attendees.
Fans will need to have photo identification with them when attending the game to ensure each match ticket is used only by the successful applicant. Tickets cannot be transferred to other Season Ticket Members.
A full list of FAQs are available by clicking here.