Owner boosts local healthcare services as Club look to add to matchday feel
Marcus Evans has welcomed the return of supporters to Portman Road and says the Club are looking to enhance the matchday facilities if the safety authorities will allow.
Saturday’s home game against Portsmouth saw 2000 season ticket holders at the stadium for the first time since March and another 2000 were at last night’s win over Burton.
Town have around 9000 season tickets holders and are using a ballot system to provide the fairest way of allocating the maximum number of tickets to season ticket holders for each game.
“I want to thank those that committed to a season ticket at a time when there was so much uncertainty around and we are all delighted that those supporters are finally getting a chance now to see their team play live,” Town’s owner told the Club website.
“Football is all about the supporters and having spoken to the manager and the players, I know they have missed the atmosphere and extra edge that fans create from the stands.
“Hopefully in time, there will be an increase in the numbers of supporters allowed to attend games and while safety is obviously of paramount importance, the Club does plan to look at ways we can add to matchday as it exists at the moment, perhaps with some of the food and drink outlets opening up where social distancing is clearly viable.”
Before Blues’ game against Burton, Marcus presented a personal cheque for £20,000 to the NHS, having agreed to donate 5% of season ticket revenue received by May 7 to support local healthcare services.
The Town first-team shirts for the 2020/21 campaign carry a ‘thank you NHS’ tribute on the back as a show of respect for the vital role of the healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
Pictured with Marcus is Nick Hulme, chief executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals.