Supporter Update from Managing Director Douglas Struth
I hope that this message finds you and your families as safe and well as possible.
This afternoon the First Minister announced that from Boxing Day, and for a period of up to three weeks after, all outdoor sporting events will be limited to a maximum of 500 attendees with one metre physical distancing (and will therefore be effectively spectator free).
It is with an incredible amount of sadness that this means our 1872 Cup match against Glasgow Warriors on 2 January will be played, to all intents and purposes, without fans and with no public admission.
Unfortunately, our home game against Cardiff Rugby on 8 January also falls within that three-week window, so whilst we cannot definitively confirm that match will be similarly impacted, we can assume at this stage that it will be.
Further information will be communicated in due course to all Season Ticket Members and match-ticket purchasers.
This is obviously incredibly disappointing for everyone associated with the club - our players, people, fans and partners. After all the challenges of recent times, we had been looking forward to coming together and showcasing our club against our oldest rivals in front of 30,000 of our fans, friends and family.
We will now work closely with the Scottish Government and the public health agencies to prioritise the safety and well-being of our supporters and our people, and take all mitigation measures we can to ensure a return to unrestricted attendances as soon as possible.
The patience, understanding, and backing you have shown us since this pandemic began has been incredible. Having celebrated the opening of our new home together, and watched the team start the season in such brilliant style, I did not expect to have to draw on that patience, understanding, and backing once again in these circumstances.
I know how disappointed you will be at today’s news. Please keep supporting the club as we navigate the next few weeks, please stay safe, and I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes. I look forward to seeing you back in the stands at the DAM Health Stadium very soon.
All the very best.
Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director