Wolves behind closed doors | The guide

After 100 days, Wolves will finally to return to action this Saturday at West Ham United.

In what will be a very different experience for both the players and supporters, fixtures will be played behind closed doors for safety reasons following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The behind closed doors experience will be new for everyone concerned, so Wolves Help have put together a behind closed doors matchday guide to give supporters an idea of what to expect when their team returns to action both on their travels and at Molineux.

You can download the matchday guide and Premier League guide below and a number of FAQs will be available in the behind closed doors section of the Wolves Help portal, help.wolves.co.uk. Some of the key information points are detailed below.

Can fans attend the games?

We value the fantastic support of supporters at home and on our travels and, this year, at various locations across Europe.

The support given to the team is appreciated by everyone at Wolves, including the players and coaching staff however, due to the current situation, it is important that supporters back the team from home.

By supporting and following the government advice, fans will be playing their part to keep themselves, as well as their fellow Wolves fans, safe. Molineux remains closed following the coronavirus outbreak and this will remain the case on matchdays.

The club remains committed to working closely with the Premier League and the government to ensure fans can return safely as soon as possible.

Where can I follow the games?

The remaining fixtures will be screened by the Premier League’s broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon Prime.

Wolves’ first six fixtures have been confirmed as follows, with the following three to be confirmed in due course.

  • West Ham United vs Wolves | Saturday 20th June, 5.30pm | Sky Sports
  • Wolves vs AFC Bournemouth | Wednesday 24th June, 6pm | BT Sport
  • Aston Villa vs Wolves | Saturday 27th June, 12.30pm | BT Sport
  • Wolves vs Arsenal | Saturday 4th July, 5.30pm | Sky Sports
  • Sheffield United vs Wolves | Wednesday 8th July, 6pm | Sky Sports
  • Wolves vs Everton | Sunday 12th July, 12pm | Sky Sports & Sky Pick
  • Burnley vs Wolves | TBC
  • Wolves vs Crystal Palace | TBC
  • Chelsea vs Wolves | TBC

Season ticket holders were contacted with details of a Now TV promotion provided by Sky Sports. More information can be found in the Wolves Help Portal.

Live audio commentary will be available free of charge through the Wolves App for supporters with a Wolves account. For more information please head to the Wolves account section of the Wolves Help portal.

How will Molineux look without fans?

One of the most recognisable and important features of football is the atmosphere created by home and away fans. Working in conjunction with broadcast partners, a number of innovations have been developed by the Premier League to enhance the broadcast experience in the absence of supporters in the stadium.

  • Stadium dressing will include a wrap covering seats in the lower tiers at all 20 stadia. The stadium wraps are designed by each club and aim to improve the environment both visually and acoustically, as well as creating consistency across the competition.
  • Clubs can use music at key trigger moments such as kick-off, goals and substitutions by the home club.
  • Fans watching from home can choose to select EA Sports Atmospheric Audio, but crowd noise will not be played inside the stadium.
  • Live video feeds featuring 16 supporters from each club will be made available to broadcasters and to clubs for use on big screens during matches.
  • Where feasible, broadcasters will identify a celebration camera which players can head to after scoring.
  • Tunnel cameras to help fans see the build up to the match (this will not include sound).
  • Audio from the coin toss will now be captured live.

As well as the above Premier League features, Wolves have worked in conjunction with supporters to allow fans to show their support to the team.

Wolves were the first Premier League club to offer supporters the chance to see their face feature in Molineux’s stands on matchdays. A giant crowd mosaic has been created to cover the Sir Jack Hayward Stand – an idea generated in collaboration with the club’s matchday experience group during a virtual meeting in May. The mosaic will remain in place for the final four home Premier League fixtures of the season and gives supporters an opportunity to ensure they, or a loved one, have a visible presence at matches played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Banners will form a wrap of the the lower tiers of stands at Molineux and were designed in collaboration with popular fan art movement Lobos Wolves.

Various Wolves supporter flags will be displayed in the Billy Wright Stand lower tier. A selection of flags that were submitted for the Europa League trip to Espanyol and for the Premier League Asia Trophy, along with designs from fan groups registered as part of Worldwide Wolves, have been collated digitally to create a fan flag collage that will remain in place for the final four home Premier League fixtures of the season.

Will crowd noise be played at the stadium?

Crowd noise will not be played inside the stadium. However, fans watching from home have the option to choose to EA Sports Atmospheric Audio to hear crowd noise as part of the broadcast if they choose to. The broadcaster will provide more information on this function.

How can supporters get involved from home?

Fans can get involved on matchdays by using the hashtag #WolvesLive and sending in their support for the team before, during and after the game. The best messages will be shown to the players on the big screens in the stadium.

Supporters can also get involved by downloading the Wolves App which is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Are the club doing anything to show support for the NHS and key workers?

As a show of recognition for the incredible work of NHS workers during the Covis-19 crisis, an NHS badge will feature on player and match official shirts for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

A moment’s silence will be held before the opening matches to recognise those whose lives have been affected by Covid-19

A thank you message will be displayed in the Stan Cullis Stand lower quadrant and in the Graham Hughes Stand and ‘Thank You NHS’ will feature on Wolves walkout jackets.

Supporters can submit any queries or questions regarding behind closed doors games via the Wolves Help Portal help.wolves.co.uk.