Many Celtic fans may be intrigued by an interesting idea being piloted by Aberdeen this weekend. While Neil Lennon’s men are preparing for their trip to local rivals Partick Thistle on Saturday, the Dons will be taking on Dumbarton at Pittodrie.
The match is unlikely to whet the appetite of the Aberdeen support too much, so the club have stepped in with a bold new idea to liven things up.
As per the official Aberdeen website, the Dons will use their Merkland Stand as a “traditional home end” with “unallocated seating” aiming to “recreate the atmosphere enjoyed by all at away matches throughout the country”.
Basically, no tickets in that stand will be allocated to a specific seat. Instead the section will be using a first come, first served system for supporters to choose where they want to sit.
Pittodrie idea could work at lesser Celtic Park games
Many Celtic supporters who regularly travel to European away games will know how that works. Games on the continent are regularly sorted in a first come, first served manner although not officially by the club.
The system allows for groups of friends to sit with each other. That’s part of the idea that Aberdeen are clearly trying to replicate with their idea for this weekend’s match.
The system would be unworkable for Celtic Park sell-outs for obvious reasons. However, lesser midweek league matches and certainly home cup ties against lower-league opposition could see the plan have some success.
There are thousands of empty seats at many Celtic Park home games, despite our terrific season ticket sales, and giving friends and family the opportunity to sit together could really help aid supporter enjoyment and the atmosphere.
Of course season tickets themselves add a tricky element to proceedings. However, they’re not used for home games in the Scottish Cup and Betfred Cup. Perhaps that’s where we could launch the idea.