Following today’s announcement that the Vanarama National League has been suspended until at least 3 April, along with the FA’s decision to suspend the Buildbase FA Trophy, our board of directors have decided to close Meadow Lane Stadium for the rest of this week.
The decisions of both the league and FA leave us without a scheduled first-team fixture for the foreseeable future and, in the best interests of our supporters, staff and players, the stadium will be closed until next Monday, 23 March. The situation will be reviewed towards the end of this week, with a more prolonged closure possible.
Our chief executive, Jason Turner, said: “While we are of course all disappointed that such an exciting end to our season has been put on hold, we welcome the clarity today’s decisions have brought and feel it’s only right that Meadow Lane should close for the time being.
“I’d like to make it clear that this is a precautionary measure. No-one connected with the club has tested positive for Covid-19, nor shown any symptoms, and our staff will be working from home throughout the closure.
“Our first-team manager Neal Ardley has prepared for this eventuality and, with the help of his staff, will ensure our playing squad are able to do all they can in order to return to action in the best possible condition when the time is right.
"I’d like to thank our fans for their loyal support at this challenging time.”
All ticket sales have been suspended and an update for season ticket holders, along with those who have purchased a match ticket for any of our forthcoming home or away fixtures, will be provided in due course.
Please note that, in line with expert advice, non-essential business such as player appearances, commercial activities, stadium tours, etc. will also be postponed indefinitely.
We will continue to review our position on an ongoing basis and provide updates when appropriate.
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