Darlington have opted to remain at Blackwell Meadows for the time being while supporters continue to be kept away from attending.
The National League North side had been granted permission last month by the National League to temporarily play league games at the Northern Echo Arena. Darlo have explained: “When the club made the decision to return to the Arena a month ago, it was based against the safe return of fans to a larger stadium that could accommodate both home and away fans, whilst respecting the correct social distancing required by the FA and the Government.
“Since then, however, the rules have changed again, and currently, fans are not allowed back into grounds at the elite level we play at. Obviously the club has its existing licence to pay at Blackwell Meadows, but since the change in the rules, it would not be great financial management to pay a further licence fee at the Arena given these challenging times.
“The club has recently introduced live streaming through Quaker TV and we successfully broadcast the FA Cup tie against Prescot Cables last Saturday. Given our ability to now offer this to fans whilst the current restrictions apply, together with the recently announced financial support package from the National League, the club has decided to remain at Blackwell Meadows for the moment and play behind closed doors.”