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It's official - we've passed the test!

Great news confirmed after match versus Liverpool Under-23s

19 May 2021

Last night's historic first game at Plough Lane in front of fans was a phenomenal success that will live long in the memories of everyone there.

It was also a critical examination of whether we could safely stage a limited-capacity event. And the answer is a big yes!

Our chief executive Joe Palmer received confirmation this morning that we had been granted the all-important safety certificate we need.

"I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended last night," said a delighted Joe. "Thank you to all the fans who behaved responsibly by wearing masks and keeping socially distanced and following all the protocols we must observe.

"Thank you, also, to all our staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything went like clockwork."

The certificate now allows us to stage any events at Plough Lane up to 25 per cent capacity. Two more tests will now follow to help us reach our maximum.

"The first will be to stress test our main West Stand," explained Joe. "We will only use that but fill it to capacity, which will be over 4,000 fans. The final one will then be a test of the entire ground.

"These are big, important hurdles to overcome and an exciting step forward for all of us."

A statement from the Dons Trust Board added: "We are delighted the safety certificate has been granted and would like to thank the hard work of the club executive, staff and volunteers for ticking off this hugely important milestone. It was wonderful to see the ground with fans in and we can’t wait to welcome even more fans back to Plough Lane very soon. We would also like to thank all those who attended for their co-operation last night.”

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