Chelsea confirm 900 fans CAN'T attend Palace opener due to repairs
Chelsea confirm more than 900 fans CAN’T attend season opener against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge with off-season repairs to sections of Matthew Harding stand still incomplete
- Stamford Bridge has been under repair this summer ahead of the new season
- The blues kick-off against Crystal Palace on Saturday at their historic ground
- The club were in a rush to install rail seating in the Matthew Harding Lower
- The Blues have no issued a statement apologising and detailing the unlucky fans
- They are set to provide refunds and tickets to Champions League group games
Chelsea have told a section of supporters to stay home for the Blues’ 2020-21 Premier League kick-off on Saturday, with their seats ‘not safe to use’.
The west Londoners host Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge for the start of their title challenge, fresh off their Super Cup triumph in Belfast this week.
While Thomas Tuchel’s squad were winning in Northern Ireland, back at the Bridge there was a manic rush to get the stadium in shape for a full house on the weekend – and just 24 hours before kick-off they announced defeat.
Chelsea fans are at risk of missing the first game due to incomplete works at Stamford Bridge
Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to host Crystal Palace in their curtain raiser in West London
‘Regrettably, 298 seats in Block 8/9 and 610 seats in Block 16 of the Matthew Harding Lower will not be available and tickets for the affected seats will not work on the turnstile system,’ the club said.
‘We realise we have let these supporters down and sincerely apologise for the fact this has happened.
‘When we embarked upon this project we had detailed plans to complete it on time and written undertakings from the manufacturer they could meet the schedule.
‘Everyone at the club is very upset that we weren’t able to achieve this and recognise that we should have done better.’
Fans had been warned a day before the announcement, explaining to fans that 12,000 seats were being replaced at the ground.
The European champions had explained that ‘specialist’ parts had not been supplied in time for a new railed seating section in the Matthew Harding.
However, incomplete rail seating work has left the club in a rush to finish it for the fixture
The club has promised refunds and an announcement is expected by 3pm on Friday
Chelsea will hand-out refunds and have sought to make it up to affected season ticket holders and members by offering a free ticket to a Champions League Group stage game this season.
‘You may see pictures of the stadium that appear to show finished seating in the affected areas, but they are not fully installed and are not safe to use,’ the club added.
The Blues also confirmed that works on the Shed Upper and Lower Stands have been completed.
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