Dave Cormack hopes to be allowed to fill Pittodrie for Aberdeen’s second home league game of the season on August 28.
Aberdeen will have 5,665 fans at tomorrow’s Europa Conference League second qualifying round opener against Sweden’s BK Hacken, and the club expect they will have the same number at the Premiership opener with Dundee United on Sunday August 1.
But chairman Cormack is hopeful the Red Army will be able to pack out Pittodrie by the time the August 28 clash with Ross County rolls around, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon currently schedule to lift remaining coronavirus restrictions in Scotland on August 9.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Cormack said: “Our next home game (after Hacken) against Dundee United is before (Covid rule) relaxations, whatever they will be, will come in. It’s likely we’ll have the same number, with the same conditions for Dundee United, because that’s already been approved by our local council.
“But the next home game is Ross County and we would hope to have that as a homecoming game where we fill Pittodrie.
“Clearly there’s a pent-up demand for people to want to come back. Clearly there are some people, maybe the elderly, who aren’t quite ready to come back as well.
“But from our perspective, certainly we’d like to get the full crowd in for the Ross County game.”
Outdoor seated sporting events are currently limited to 2,000 people in Scotland, but organisers can request more. For the Hacken game, the Dons made a successful case to Aberdeen City Council for an increase to 5,665 supporters, with tickets for the game selling out on Tuesday morning.
It will be the first time, bar a single test event with 300 in attendance, fans have been allowed into Pittodrie since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The club were praised by the council for their “commitment” to the current one-metre social distancing rules, while attendees will also need to show proof of a negative lateral flow test before being admitted.
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