Wembley Stadium has issued a series of guidelines to fans planning on taking flags, banners and musical instruments to the Championship Play-Off Final.
Crystal Palace supporters have been allocated 33,000 tickets for the game against Watford on Monday 27th May – but fans have today been warned of potential costs and regulations associated with taking props to the match.
Permission must be sought from Wembley Stadium and the Football League before any large flag or large banner that is designed to pass over people’s heads and across the stand is brought into the stadium.
In such cases, the flag or banner must be flame retardant and the person wishing to bring the item to the game will be required to provide health and safety certification, as well as a method statement explaining how the activity will be undertaken.
A Fire Retardant certificate is required to be sent to Wembley and the Football League before the match, and a copy must also be brought with the flag or banner to the match. A picture of the item in question must also be sent to Wembley ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday fixture.
Such flags and banners must be free from sponsorship, handles and eyelets and can only be used in level one of the stadium. There will be an additional cost of £1,250 plus VAT and one car parking pass for each banner brought to the game, and the club will be responsible for the delivery and collection of the item to the venue.
The stadium’s regulations also prevent spectators from bringing instruments into the arena through the turnstiles. The stadium will not accept any direct application from individuals or groups of spectators wishing to play instruments, with all enquiries having to go through the club.
The application must identify all instruments that are intended to be brought into the stadium, with background information also required to support the request, including the size of the instrument and photographs.
No instruments will be permitted on levels two or five, or within the Wembley Stadium boxes, while the player(s) must be in possession of match tickets and be situated in the middle of a seating row.
Event organisers at Wembley will instruct individual players and groups to enter the ground at designated entry points at specific times, which will be agreed in advance. Players will then be escorted to their seats.
If the Crowd Safety Management Team at the stadium receives an unreasonable number of complaints regarding the noise, the playing of the instrument may have to cease. It must also not be played during pre-event entertainment, player introductions, the presentation or the national anthem.