Newcastle United have revealed their plans for St. James’ Park ahead of the restart of the 2019/20 Premier League season, according to ChronicleLive.
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As per the report, the Tyneside club will utilise the empty stands at their home ground on matchdays to promote various charities, including the NUFC Fans Foodbank.
According to ChronicleLive, the Foodbank’s message and text donation number will be visible in multiple places throughout the stands, thus ensuring that they receive plenty of TV exposure.
With no supporters allowed in to the arena due to the global pandemic crisis, most matches will be broadcast free-to-air, giving the Magpies faithful watching at home a brilliant opportunity to promote certain causes close to the club in these relatively difficult times.
Although the lower tiers of other football grounds in the English top flight will look similar, it is understood that teams could decide upon how they are going to fill vacant areas within their stadia, with the Toon reportedly keen to promote local causes. The fans’ food bank, aside from the West End Foodbank, often raises thousands of pounds at every home game with a collection point behind the Gallowgate end.
In addition, the message of ‘United as One’, the club’s anti-discrimination slogan, and the NUFC Foundation’s mental health programme ‘Be A Game Changer’ will comprise the rest of the artwork. It is also expected that artwork relating to the club , such as the crest or club colours, will also be visible
Newcastle will host both Sheffield United and Aston Villa in their opening two matches in England’s highest division in front of television cameras after the restart, and perhaps these artworks will give a sense of presence in the stadium that could possibly give Steve Bruce’s team an advantage at home despite the lack of fans at St James’ Park.
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