‘Thank you’ incentives for Torquay United season-ticket holders

Torquay United fans on the Bristows Bench at Plainmoor. Photo: Dan Mullan/Pinnacle

Torquay United fans on the Bristows Bench at Plainmoor. Photo: Dan Mullan/Pinnacle - Credit: Dan Mullan/Pinnacle

Torquay United are offering a package of 'thank you' incentives to season-ticket holders to guarantee them places in a reduced-capacity Plainmoor for the start of the 2020-2021 National League season on October 3.

The Gulls have also frozen admission prices, and Plainmoor will become a 'cashless' stadium.

Club officials and Torbay Council's safety advisory group are in the final stages of thrashing out how many fans will be allowed into Plainmoor under Covid-19 restrictions.

United remain confident that with few, if any, away supporters, they can safely accommodate around 2,000, maybe more, under social distancing and 'bubble' rules in a ground which can hold 6,300.

Season-ticket holders - there were 1,000 of them last season - missed out on five matches because 2019-2020 was curtailed in mid-March.

But few have asked for their money back and, if they renew for next season, United will give them six free tickets to bring along new fans for selected games.

Manager Gary Johnson said: 'We appreciate our fans' loyalty, and I know the club is working tirelessly to make sure we can get as many into the ground that's safe to do so.

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'I, for one, can't wait to see the Yellow Army, as many of them as possible, ready to cheer us on.'

The cheapest adult 'popular side' terrace ticket will again cost £15 (£263 season) and £17 in the Bristow's Bench grandstand (£299) with reductions for 'concessionary' groups.

Existing holders have until Tuesday, August 18, to renew, and 'early rate' prices will go up slightly after August 31.

There will be no cash turnstiles at Plainmoor next season.

United say: 'As well as reducing any related health risks, cashless turnstiles will also benefit supporters' matchday experience by improving the speed of service and cutting queue times when accessing the stadium.'

When the Gulls' players make their delayed return on Monday, August 24, they will have to spend the first week both arriving and working in groups of five, undergoing a range of temperature and infection tests, before being allowed to train as a squad as normal.