Tottenham have revealed their plans to inject some atmosphere into their matches when the Premier League season resumes from behind closed doors this week.
Spurs have given their supporters the chance to appear on a live video ‘fan wall’, to help create a home advantage for their players when they take on Manchester United at home this Friday.
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Live clips of supporters celebrating and reacting to key moments during the match will be streamed on the big screens at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Although no audio will be played, the Tottenham stars will at least be reminded of the millions of viewers from around the world as they take to the pitch for the first time since March.
To be featured, fans must enter a competition and show themselves kitted out on the sofa, and they’ll be encouraged to react to events in the game as they happen.
The Premier League club claim their new scheme will provide fans with the closest thing to actually being there at the stadium to cheer on their heroes.
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We are giving fans the chance to be part of a live video fan wall inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during our game against Manchester United on Friday! #SummerOfSpurs ⚪️ #COYS
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 15, 2020
A club statement read: “We are giving supporters the chance to be part of a live video fan wall during our first ever behind-closed-doors Premier League match against Manchester United on Friday night.
“Spurs Inside is another first for the club, streamed live on our giant video screens in the stadium bowl intermittently throughout the match so that the players will know fans are watching and cheering them on.
“We are providing a select number of Season Ticket Holders and Executive Members – our regular match attenders – the opportunity to be part of this unique experience.”
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Borussia Monchengladbach have put cardboard fans in their stadium to make up for having no real supporters in attendance
With all of the Premier League’s resumption being played behind closed doors, clubs are looking for ways to gain an advantage for their home matches.
The ‘fan replacement’ idea has been used by numerous clubs across the globe.
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Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach have also installed more than 8,000 cardboard cutouts of real life supporters to help their players not feel quite so alone when playing games behind closed doors.
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