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How the Tramlines Festival could impact Sheffield Wednesday’s pre-season plans UK News

In pre-Covid times, the club had regularly held a pre-season friendly at Hillsborough the weekend before the season.

That may well have been a consideration this time around, but the postponement of the League One season to July 30 means the final free weekend of the season – July 22-24 – comes up against Tramlines.

The Tramlines Festival, now in its 14th year barring Covid cancellations, takes place in Hillsborough Park, directly opposite the stadium.

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It is unlikely that Sheffield Wednesday will be able to stage a pre-season friendly at Hillsborough the weekend before the start of the season.

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Local authorities are extremely unlikely to allow both events to take place on the same weekend, leaving fans on Wednesday hoping for a weekend return to S6 ahead of the season disappointed.

The club may be looking into the possibility of a midweek fixture as clubs look to put plans in place over the coming weeks, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

The Owls currently have two friendlies scheduled, at non-league Alfreton Town on July 2 and League Two Harrogate Town six days later.

Wednesday will then fly to Portugal for a hot weather training camp the following day. Low-level practice matches can take place, although they are played behind closed doors.

Any pre-season friendly in front of fans at Hillsborough would be the first time the club could stage such a game since visiting La Liga side Espanyol in July 2019, when the visitors scored late to win a 2-2 draw after goals from Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-19 05:00:00

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