Notts Varsity Football to be played behind closed doors

10th April 2018

The Nottingham Varsity Series organisation team have today confirmed that both 2018 Nottingham Varsity Men’s and Women’s Football matches will be played behind closed doors.

Spectating at the event will be limited to invited guests and club members, with no tickets to be released on general sale. It is believed that recurrent pitch invasions at Meadow Lane Stadium over the last three years has promoted this action to be taken.

Tickets for Varsity Football were noticeable absent when tickets for the rest of the series events went on sale on Monday 12th March. It is understood discussions with Meadow Lane were still on going at this point and students were not informed that the event audience might be limited.

We asked several students for their thoughts on this latest development:

“It simply takes away the magic of the day!’ one student commentated. ‘Derby fixtures between our rivals are meant to be noisy. raucous and high-tempered. We’re rivals, what do you expect!’

“I think the pitch invasions are unfortunate but anyone who follows football know that it’s part and parcel with with heated games between rivals,” another student commented.

“You take away the fans, you take away the spirit of the game and part of what makes our Varsity so memorable to many.”

As a result of this change, the University of Nottingham Men’s team have declined to compete in their event, meaning Nottingham Trent have been awarded the point and shall begin the 2018 Notts Varsity Series with a 1-0 advantage.

The University of Nottingham Women’s team have agreed to compete, as have their Trent counterparts.

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