Supporters Back in Paradise – Celtic ballot fans for 2000 places at Preston North End friendly

Celtic have confirmed that they have received the go-ahead to allow two thousand supporters to attend the pre-season friendly against Preston North End on Saturday 17 July.

Why just 2000 for a 60,000 stadium? |This is the maximum number of supporters we are allowed to welcome back to Paradise presently,” Celtic stated on the official website.

“We are using this as our own preparatory event, under COVID-19 protocols, which will allow us to use and assess all areas of the stadium. Ticket allocation has been split among Season Ticket holders and Club contractual obligations.

All Season Ticket Holders who registered their My Celtic Matchday application up until 5pm on Wednesday were included in the ballot, the process of which is now underway,” Celtic revealed.

“As the friendly match is a preparatory event, it is independent of future ballots for upcoming competitive fixtures – although any supporters who are successful for this match will be ineligible for any ballot for our match against West Ham on 24 July, therefore giving other supporters the opportunity to attend.”

That seems fair enough. The club continued:

Supporters who have been successful in the ballot will be informed via email as soon as possible – we ask that you check your junk or spam folders in case this is missed. Match tickets will be sent in a subsequent email, which must be printed at home. Entry to the stadium will only be possible with the physical print at home ticket.

Your allocated seat, entry time and stadium entry point will be included on your print at home ticket. Please note, the seat allocated to you may be different to your regular Season Ticket seat.

We ask that you familiarise yourself with our new protocols for reduced capacity matches at Celtic Park – full details of which can be found on the Celtic website here.

Should we have a mobile number for you, we’ll also send you a text message reminder on the morning of the match with relevant reduced capacity attendance information.

Please visit our Returning Fans FAQs and Preston Ballot FAQs for everything you need to know about reduced capacity matches at Celtic Park, including protocols within the stadium, the ballot process, travel advice and much more.

It’s been too long since we had you at Celtic Park and we cannot wait to have you back! Celtic continues to work tirelessly to ensure we get as many Season Ticket holders back to Celtic Park as quickly as we can.

If you were unsuccessful in this ticket ballot, the Preston North End match is live on the Pass To Paradise for all Season Ticket holders.

Fans can also follow the action here on via our interactive Match Centre which starts 90 minutes before kick-off.

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1 Comment

  1. Red Scotland on

    There is no pandemic. Look at the NHS’ own figures of mortality rates and also hospital admission rates over the past number of years in the UK. There is hardly any difference. What we have is a mild flu-like respiratory illness that was intentionally released by the corporate powers that be and blown up out of all proportion by a complicit and equally criminal and treasonous main stream media. They should be going to jail, not preaching about standing 2 metres apart!

    As for only 2000 fans, the Celtic support should tell them to keep their tickets. We return en masse or not at all.