Understandably, following the postponement and cancellation of most major sports fixtures nationally, many season ticket holders in Sheffield are seeking clarity over the situation.
For football fans, the Premier League and the EFL have suspended all fixtures until April 3, although it is expected that this initial postponement will be extended.
Sheffield United fan Liam Oxley responded to a club statement on twitter. He said: “Does that mean season ticket holders get refunds for games missed?”
A later Blades club statement said: “We regret the inconvenience this pandemic is causing but are confident you share our belief that our first responsibility is to the health and safety of our families and neighbours.”
Though there was no news on season tickets, the club made clear that match tickets already bought for upcoming fixtures would remain valid for the rearranged dates of those fixtures. However refunds for those tickets will not be available until the matches are rescheduled.
Sheffield Wednesday fans have also expressed concern on twitter. User wawaws6 said: “Is the club offering refunds on next seasons season ticket renewals in light of the coronavirus?”
Wednesday have not yet made a statement regarding ticket refunds and the club is advising fans to wait for further EFL updates this week.
Similarly Rotherham United are advising fans to continue checking their site for updates. They say they are working with the EFL and will not be commenting any further at this time.
With their position lower down the football league pyramid making the club more financially vulnerable, Rotherham fans were less keen on a refund. Rolo, a season ticket holder, said on twitter: “If the season gets scrapped the club loses a shed load of money, how many of our fans would want a refund on their season ticket? Personally I would take the hit to help the club I love.”
Following the cancellation of the remainder of the Elite League ice hockey season, Sheffield Steelers fans were also more philosophical in light of the disruption.
Pat Bray tweeted: “Already paid, I won’t miss it, it’s gone. Onwards and upwards, there’s no one to blame it’s just life. Thanks for the good time, at least we got a trophy. Looking forward to next season.”
EIHL boss and Steelers owner Tony Smith said: “We are sure many fans have so many questions relating to purchased tickets, season tickets and playoffs.
“Can we please ask that you all refrain from contacting either the Arena or our offices until early next week when further statements will have been issued.”
Fans are encouraged to keep checking team websites for further updates.