On the back of announcements from SA Health and Adelaide Venue Management, Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Kosmina, provided an update on COVID-19 measures at Coopers Stadium.
“Following Adelaide Venue Management’s announcement that Coopers Stadium will become a fully vaccinated venue from Tuesday, 23 November, and on behalf of Adelaide United, I confirm that we fully support the decision,” Kosmina said.
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of our key focuses has been to maintain a safe environment for football to continue and this decision further protects the health and well-being of our players, staff, members, and the broader football community.
“We appreciate there will be questions regarding the operational impact of this announcement, and I can assure our members and supporters additional information regarding match day access will be made available soon.”
Matchday COVID Safe Measures – No Ticket Redemption for Members
As Adelaide United prepares to host Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium on Saturday, 27 November, the Club can provide a general update regarding SA Health COVID Safe measures ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Unlike last season, there is NO ticket redemption process or allocated seating for General Admission, Active Support Members, and ticket holders. This means fans who purchase General Admission tickets will no longer be allocated a specific seat in the General Admission areas.
With the Coopers Stadium redevelopment ongoing, venue capacity is reduced, however standing on the concourses and access to Southern and Northern stands remain.
However, if memberships or tickets have been allocated in the Northern Stand, patrons will be unable to gain access into the Southern Stand and vice versa – once again, due to the ongoing Eastern Stand construction.
With the Manton Street footpath closed, traffic management will shut down both outbound lanes on Manton Street two hours prior to kick-off, so fans can safely utilise the road as a walkway to access their designated entry gates – please note, it is highly encouraged for all attendees to enter the venue via their designated entry gate. Multiple entry points, turnstiles, and QR code check-in destinations (inside and outside Coopers Stadium) will be set-up to expedite entry.
Depending on the fixture, gates will open 60 minutes before kick-off or 90 minutes for larger games, such as matches against Melbourne Victory.
As a result of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the introduction of the new Test, Trace, Isolate, and Quarantine (TTIQ) model within South Australia, from Tuesday, 23 November, 2021, Adelaide Venue Management has directed that all patrons must be fully vaccinated to enter Coopers Stadium.
- Effective Tuesday, 23 November 2021 all persons aged 16+ entering Coopers Stadium will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.
- Proof of vaccination will be required in order to gain entry to the stadium.
- Patrons will need to show their COVID-19 Digital Certificate on their smart device OR provide personal photo identification and printed immunisation certificate.
- Any person with an official medical exemption will need to provide proof a negative COVID test result for the 72 hours prior to seeking entry and full exemption details.
- Venue bans apply for non-compliance.
SA Health has also directed that Stadium management implement all patrons to be strictly required to wear a face mask when entering and moving around the stadium at all times (excluding children under 12). Masks may only be removed whilst supporters are seated. Fans are requested to bring their own reusable mask.
If attending an event as part of a group, the Primary Ticket Purchaser (PTP) is responsible for knowing the contact details of all attendees in the group. Should the PTP be contacted directly by the Government, including the Department of Health, for the purposes of contact tracing, the individual must:
(a) make the contact details of the group available (if consent from each group member is obtained); or
(b) contact each member of the group, and request they provide their contact details to the Government directly.
The PTP is responsible for passing on the above information to all members in the group.
- limit the number and size of bags brought;
- have any bags ready for inspection when approaching entry;
- stay home if feeling unwell; and
- if cold or flu symptoms develop after a match, please get tested for COVID-19.