BRADFORD (Park Avenue) have said that supporters will be allowed inside the Horsfall Stadium, but not near the pitch.

Avenue's clubhouse will be the closest fans will be able to watch the action on a giant screen via a live stream.

The club revealed they will be opening the bar for a limited number of spectators who must buy their ticket beforehand and follow all the safety measures upon arrival.

The statement on Bradford's website read: "We will also be opening the clubhouse to a limited number of guests for each of our home games.

"There will be table service from the bar and the game will be live streamed onto the big screen.

"Please note that you will be required for Covid compliance to arrive one hour before kick off, and that the doors out into the ground will remain locked.

"These tickets will go on general sale at a price of £5 per person prior to the games.

"This weekend's FA Cup game and Monday's National League North match are already on sale on our website.

"Please also note that we will be using NHS track and trace QR code at the ground which can be downloaded at the app store."

Park Avenue also confirmed that their season will go ahead behind closed doors and have revealed how matches can be watched outside the ground.

Their announcement comes after the National League found out they will receive financial help, which is understood to be £10 million for the first three months, from the government to cover the loss in gate receipts.

Chairman Gareth Roberts is delighted that the aid has become available and his club's league campaign will begin on Monday.

He said "It is great news that the new season is going to go ahead and we are delighted for all of our staff, fans and players that we will be watching some competitive football on the new pitch and renovated ground.

"Whilst, still not confirmed in any detail, the government announced, in conjunction with the National League, that some funding will come to help cover the loss of matchday revenue.

"Our decision to try and play our games is only possible due to the huge efforts of everyone involved including the staff, players and many others behind the scenes too numerous to mention.

"I am sure that our fans will join me in sending a big thank you to all concerned"

Avenue's new streaming system will be available for all their home games at a cost of £5 per match.

As for season ticket holders, they can either gain a free streaming season ticket pass, attain a refund or use the ticket for the 2021/22 campaign when hopefully fans will be able to return pitchside.

The statement continued: "The ruling that we are an elite team we know has driven some heated debate on social media and whilst we enjoy the conversations the reality is, for the time being, we are designated as an elite sports club and therefore must begin the game behind closed doors.

"The club has worked incredibly hard over the last few weeks to create a viable live streaming option, which will provide good quality live video coverage of all of the Avenue's home matches this season.

"We want to make the viewing available at a price that makes watching affordable to as many of our fans as possible, whilst balancing that with our need for revenue to pay our financial commitments and complete the season.

"Season ticket holders have paid on average £5.60 per game to purchase their ticket. Whilst, trying to find the right streaming price during the course of the season, we will be launching the streaming service at a price of £5 per game.

"We, therefore, want to offer our season ticket holders one of the following three options:

- Use their season ticket as a season pass to the streaming service and stream every home National League North game for free at no extra cost

- Request a refund on the value of their season ticket

- Defer the season ticket until next season

"Of course if you choose the option to use your season ticket to view the live streamed games, as soon as we are allowed to let fans back into the ground you will still be able to do so using your season ticket.

"We will be sending out after the FA Cup match on Saturday to all the season ticket holders their unique logins and passwords for use on the streaming platform.

"We are of course tight for time and we know some of our fans didn’t buy their tickets online and will need time to consider their options, so we plan to set a deadline of Friday October 16, just before our second home game of the season against Boston United.

"Details of how to claim a refund will follow.

"In the meantime, if you know what you would like to do please email calum.cullen@BPAFC so we can start the process for you all."