The Owls are absolutely delighted to welcome our fantastic fans back to Hillsborough on Sunday for the first time in almost 18 months.
Darren Moore’s men host Huddersfield in the first round of the Carabao Cup (1.00pm) and our doors are officially open!
Staff at every level of the club have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the best possible environment for your safe return.
The stadium has undergone some significant improvements during the pandemic shutdown, some of which will be evident on matchday and others not so.
For example, you will immediately notice the pristine pitch due to a full renovation but beneath the turf is also a brand new, state of the art boiler system, together with bespoke undersoil heating.
Elsewhere, you will hear a regenerated and vastly improved PA system airing a shift of matchday music as we dig deep into the roots of Sheffield to support local artists such as the Sherlocks, who took centre stage at our recent 2021/22 kit launch.
Indeed, we have worked hand in hand with Sheffield businesses for these projects and more, including our giant screen matchday operation, which will be run by a Steel City multi-media organisation.
On the concourses, there will be tangible improvements and we have added bottle bars in certain areas to ease any potential congestion and queuing times.
All these changes are designed to enhance the matchday experience here at Hillsborough as we all look forward to better times following the enforced hiatus from everyday life.
Chief Operating Officer Liam Dooley said: “We are really proud of all the steps we are taking and really cannot wait to welcome our supporters back to Hillsborough.
“We recognise that we cannot apply fixes to every requirement but we can assure you all that everyone at the club is fully committed to improving every area of the matchday experience where possible.
“Everything will not be perfect but I say to all our fans, stay with us and enjoy the journey ahead, on and off the pitch.”
Supporters should note that at this moment in time, there is no requirement to provide COVID-19 passports or similar. We will communicate any change to this policy, based on Government guidance, should the need arise.
Everyone entering the stadium is advised to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking. This is not a regulation but we are adapting this advice with safety first paramount in our thinking.
The Owls v Huddersfield game is not all ticket and supporters from both sides can pay in cash on the turnstiles. Please note that Hillsborough remains cashless once inside the stadium. Click HERE for full ticket information.
The cup-tie will go straight to penalties to determine the winner should the scores be level after 90 minutes.
Before the game, the Owls Megastore will be open from 9.00am to 1.00pm and resume for normal business (10.00am to 4.00pm) on Tuesday following a stocktake on Monday. The Ticket Office will be open on Monday for match tickets and Season Tickets.
Ticket lines will be open on Sunday from 9.00am to 11.30am.
Please note the Wednesday Tap will be closed on Sunday for ongoing renovation work but the 1867 Lounge will be open to both members and non-members for pre-match refreshments between 11.30am and 1.00pm.
Thank for your patience and support…and see you on Sunday!