Stoke City will re-open their early bird discount period for 2020/21 season tickets – when it becomes clear when or how football can resume following the coronavirus.
The club confirmed just last month that season ticket prices would be frozen for a 13th straight year but sport and the world have since been thrown into turmoil due the pandemic.
Top level football was suspended on March 13 and authorities are already looking way past a provisional return date of April 30.
Stoke have now closed their ticket office and club shops but their online ticketing operation remains live and the original early bird deadline of Tuesday, April 6 remains in place.
But that will be revisited as soon as possible and supporters will have another chance to secure their seats at the bet365 Stadium at the early bird rates. For now, too much remains up in the air to be any more definitive.
Manager Michael O’Neill said: “It’s important that everyone follows the guidelines put in place by the Prime Minister.
“We are living in uncertain times but we can all play our part in help to combat coronavirus by doing what is expected of us.
“Please stay safe, take care of yourself and your families and follow the guidelines so that we can come through this difficult time.”
Unprecedented decisions are being taken throughout the world of sport – and the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed until 2021.
Jazmin Sawyers, the long jumper from Trentham, wrote on Instagram: “It is the right choice… Yes, I’m sad to not have an Olympics this year, but I’m not nearly as sad as the people who are losing their loved ones and not even able to go to the hospital to say goodbye, or the people losing their livelihoods completely because they simply can’t stay open – this is bigger than sport.”
The FA has confirmed that steps five and six – the ninth and 10th tiers in the football pyramid – will not complete the 2019/20 season.
That is the North West Counties League, affecting Congleton Town and Hanley Town, who have been fighting relegation; and Abbey Hulton United, Alsager Town, Ecceshall, Sandbach and promotion-chasing Stone Old Alleynians.
In the Midland leagues, it also affects Brocton, Stafford Town, Rocester and Uttoxter Town.
The FA league committee are yet to conclude how promotion and relegation will be decided or whether the leagues will be declared null and void.
According to recent reports, there is currently a 50-50 split over which is the best decision to make regarding the conclusion of the campaign.
A new division is being formed in the North West Counties League this summer, which had already affected how promotion and relegation would take shape.