MK Dons have confirmed their games will again take place behind closed doors after the city was moved into tier 3.
The League One side’s recent games against Norwich U21s, Burton Albion and Peterborough United had taken place in front of small crowds at the Dons’ stadium mk venue. This was possible with Milton Keynes originally being in tier 2, which permitted professional sports to be played with crowds of up to 2,000 fans.
But a recent increase of coronavirus in Milton Keynes, which has seen multiple days of triple digit cases of positive individuals, has seen the city moved into tier 3. As a result, the club will not be permitted to allow spectators for games until the restrictions are eased.
This means that MK Dons’ clash against Bristol Rovers at stadium mk on Boxing Day will now be played behind closed doors.
MK Dons have no home games currently scheduled after that until January 19th, which is after the government’s tier review dates on December 30th and January 13th, and in a statement, the club confirmed they will monitor the situation in line with when these reviews are made.
The club said, “MK Dons matches at Stadium MK will take place behind closed doors until further notice, with Milton Keynes to be placed under Tier 3 restrictions from Saturday.
“Milton Keynes will, from 00:01 on Saturday, move into Tier 3: Very High alert in the Government’s local restriction tier system. Under Tier 3 restrictions, fans will not be permitted to attend elite sporting fixtures in line with hospitality venues and other large event venues being closed.
“MK Dons’ Boxing Day fixture with Bristol Rovers will, therefore, now take place behind closed doors. Unfortunately, those Season Ticket holders who were successful in applying for tickets will not be permitted to attend.
“The Football Club will continue to monitor the situation for future home fixtures, in line with the Government’s tier reviews every 14 days.”
In line with this, MK Dons also confirmed the club will be closing its box office and club shop. The Dons also said a click-and-collect service for club shop purchases will also be offered.
They said, “We have also decided to close the box-office and shop from Saturday until further notice. We will encourage people to purchase on-line, and offer a click-and-collect service, with fans accessing the shop by ringing the doorbell to be served.”