The National League have had to confirm that the new venue for 2020/21 Playoff Final won’t be at Wembley this year.
The Promotion Final will now be held at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate on the 20th of June with fans in attendance at each play-off clash and shown exclusively live on BT Sport.
More details on dates, times of each kick off and the layout of the playoffs have been explained in a statement revealed on Friday evening.
The Vanarama National League 2020/21 play-off schedule has been confirmed 🏆⚽🙌
-Promotion Final at Ashton Gate on June 20th
-Fans in attendance at each play-off clash
-Exclusively live on BT Sport
— The National League (@TheVanaramaNL) May 14, 2021
NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT:
Initial details have been confirmed for the 2020/21 Vanarama National League play-offs.
Five season-defining matches will take place over a three-week period, with all games shown exclusively live by BT Sport.
With Wembley Stadium unavailable due to hosting Euro 2020 fixtures, The National League is delighted to confirm Bristol’s Ashton Gate will host this season’s Vanarama Promotion Final.
The 27,000-capacity stadium, home of Bristol City, has undergone major renovation work in recent years, transforming into a leading UK sporting venue.
Since 2018, the play-off positions have been increased to six – with the champions being promoted automatically.
The remaining six sides fight it out for one final slot with two eliminator matches taking place before the semi-finals.
The one-off match format has added even more excitement and kept more clubs involved in the shake-up for longer.
Due to the current Government sporting guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, all play-off eliminator and semi-final matches will be played at reduced stadium capacity with only home fans permitted.
Supporters of both participating clubs in the Vanarama National League Promotion Final at Ashton Gate will be able to attend in limited numbers.
Further information will be confirmed closer to the time of the event.
Vanarama National League Play-Off Schedule
Saturday 5th June 2021 – 4pm
Elimination Round – Match A – 5th place vs 6th place
Sunday 6th June 2021 – 4pm
Elimination Round – Match B – 4th place vs 7th Place
Saturday 12th June 2021 – 12pm
Semi Final – 2nd place vs winner of Match A
Sunday 13th June 2021 – 12pm
Semi Final- 3rd place vs winner of Match B
Sunday 20th June 2020 – 1pm
Promotion Final – Ashton Gate
Those currently in and around the playoffs in the National League consists of Sutton United, Torquay United, Stockport County, Hartlepool United, Notts County, Chesterfield, FC Halifax Town, Bromley, Wrexham, Eastleigh and Dagenham & Redbridge.
Fans reacted as the National League confirm a new venue for the 2020/21 Playoff Final…
@PaMitch78: Hmm, great for all those Northern teams in the play offs…
@Douggy1908: Piss take this always look forward to a Sunday in Bristol
@hallydesigns: Random geographical choice however a trip to Bristol in June would be fantastic.
@BenCaden: Would love a 10hr round trip to Bristol
@ltreidy67: High possibility of Northern teams competing in this and this is the venue you choose. Not fit for purpose.
@scfc07: Miles away 😢
@Dazzarogers: Well I for one are rather glad Daggers didn’t reach the playoffs. Imagine going on a 12 game unbeaten run to get to the playoff final, to be held at……. Bristol City
@RGarls: Ashton Gate 🤣🤣
@samkrowlett: The dream of playing in the shadows of Nelson Mandela House
@richbuchanan89: Jesus imagine if that was the scenario back in 2015 🤮🤮🤮
@joshyt6: Ashton Gate an interesting choice, I hate Wembley so love the idea of play-offs being played elsewhere for lower leagues
@MattyCrMason: Ruined my day has this
@samlardner1: Happy to announce that my Bristol flat is now the official Torquay fan zone ( not that we need the play offs ofc)
@ShinPadNP: What an awful venue choice, considering the majority of teams fighting for the play offs are in the North. Considering the teams in the play offs are also amongst the best supported in the league, it’ll be way too small, regardless of covid restrictions.
@JackShikari12: Imagine playing 46 games, making a run through the play offs, and getting to the final. Wembley? Nah. Old Trafford? Nah. Any premier league ground? Nah… Ashton Gate 😂😂😂 How underwhelming
@AlexJHodgson: Ashton Gate?! What a random choice
@PehaugheyPaul: Checking routes to Ashton Gate. #WeAreBromley
@Jackomckie15: Ashton fucking gate 😭 🤦🏻♂️
@MbwLdurham: Is this a joke, you taking the pi** couldn’t have made it further away for northern teams, especially @Official_HUFC, once again NL shown they are clueless, and care nothing about fans
@Shayman83: National league fucking over the North since records began. The majority of teams in the playoff are North of Birmingham so whatbthe fucks this about you Whoppers
@Emzy_17: Amazing, Ashton Gate 😍😍
@richyhpool: The people running this league are a joke! Surely somewhere like Birmingham or derby would have been more sensible but noooo, let’s put it somewhere really awkward! Absolute fuckwits
@DarrenRickerby: Absolutely idiotic.
@HornseyCameron: That is a fucking farce a don’t care what anyone says, get fucked
@OliverB_1998: Don’t find the idea of playing the final at a smaller ground all that bad, but surely they could’ve picked somewhere a bit more central?
@MattyWebber88: Play Off Final at 2pm, followed by Wales v Italy at 5pm 😉 #WxmAFC
@danny_lever: Great choice, for all the 1 southern team currently in the playoffs 🤦🏻♂️ 🤦🏻♂️
@TomHagueBCFC: Ashton Gate wtf hahahaha
@tom_scott2: Ready for this. Roll on June!
@MarshWLuke: What a complete and utter fucking mess.
@KyleDixon30: when Carlisle got to the Conference Play Off final in 2004/5 season against Stevenage… the final was at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke… it was the perfect size for the occasion… IMO, a Championship stadium is perfect for the National League Play Off final instead of Wembley
@dkdk1486: Clueless national league strikes again Why pick a stadium with such a low capacity- especially with the current teams in the play offs and reduced capacity going to be a farce getting a ticket and getting there
@mrcrh11: Not a bad sized stadium. Wembleys been too big for the final for years
@thegrossburger: Typical non league thinking. Can’t get Wembley so where else is available, and cheap?
@Kaibooth3: Should be villa park
@RobiMurf: Bristol FFS!
@Calvey94: Can only assume Bristol City was one of the only available grounds as the others will be doing pitchwork over the summer. If not it’s a strange pick so out of the way from the whole division
@ltreidy67: National League choosing a play off final venue that perfectly reflects the location of where teams potentially competing in it come from. Not fit for purpose.
@DarranPearce: The fact that Ashton gate was the best the National League could find sums up how inept they have been this season
@TheDB30: No disrespect to Bristol City but surely somewhere like Old Trafford, the Etihad, Anfield or St. James’ would’ve been better? Bigger day for the fans and a better chance of being able to get more in.
@thecraftymagpie: Crikey. Might as well play it at Ilkeston.
@Adrian_Corbett: Final should be played at the home ground of the highest finishing finalist. This ridiculous, day out at Wembley, and the rewarding of failure to win the league with the financial bonus this match gives should come to an end.
@TORQUAYTALK: Not far to go at least!
@andycooperhufc: What dreams are made off 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕
@Jack__Wood: What a fucking joke
@robinshub: Massive club. #BristolCity
@wrexhamafc: Nice to see consideration was given to the Northern based clubs who have the chance of making the final. Handy for the NL Board though.
@dave_littlefair: Nice of them to think of the fans ….. not 😡
@Gandermonium: Interesting choice!
@Douggy1908: Is this a joke couldn’t get any further away
@JDS05111: What the fuck.
@darlo_docho: Even if they get to the final, Hartlepool will still never have played at Wembley 😂
@LewisRWalsh: Benefits absolutely no one but Torquay. What a horrific choice
@hpoolneil: Is this a joke…..what a disgrace
@BFerraby7: Watch it end up Hartlepool vs Stockport