Arsenal have announced the details for their pre-season Mind Series clash with Chelsea at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta’s side are set to play Thomas Tuchel’s Blues at the Emirates on August 1 at 3pm following Arsenal Women’s bout, led by new manager Jonas Eidevall, with Emma Hayes earlier in the afternoon, also at the Emirates, at 12.15pm.
The announcement comes following the Government’s confirmation that restrictions on large outdoor events have been lifted allowing the Emirates to be a near-full capacity crowd.
The Mind Series is a pre-season event orchestrated by the charity ‘Mind’ to support better mental health and wellbeing in communities, at home and overseas, as people begin to reclaim their lives from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arsenal and Chelsea will be joined in the pre-season tournament by fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur too.
All the funds collected from event will be split between Mind and each of the club’s charitable Foundations.
Arsenal have detailed that £5 from the sale of each match ticket will be donated to Mind and The Arsenal Foundation with 25% of this amount being donated to Mind and 75% being donated to The Arsenal Foundation.
Tickets are available on the Arsenal website for all fully renewed Arsenal Members from 10am July 13, meanwhile fully renewed Platinum and Gold Members will have access to tickets in all areas of the stadium.
For Silver, Purple, Cannon and Junior Gunner members, tickets will go on sale from 2pm July 15. Red members will have access to tickets at 10am July 16.
The Arsenal website then states that concessions will be available in all areas of the stadium to U16s (16 years old and under) and Senior Citizens (65 and over). It continues stating that Cannon members will be able to purchase a concession priced ticket during the members booking windows only.
Family packages range from £36 (one adult, one concession), to £96 (two adults, four concessions).
Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of Mind, speaking to the Mind website, said that the charity are looking to continue and build upon their great work they have done in the EFL by raising more awareness with the Mind Series.
Farmer said: “We’re delighted that Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have come together to back Mind’s work through the Mind Series.
“We know from our work in the sector, including our charity partnership with the EFL, that football has the power to create real change, not least around mental health.
“The platform that these three huge clubs can provide us with will allow us to get our message out to thousands more people that they have somewhere to turn when they need support.
The Chief Executive continued as he insisted that the charity looks to support everyone, hence the incredible induction of ensuring that the tickets provide coverage for both the Women’s and Men’s games.
Farmer continued: “The Mind Series is not only a brilliant way to raise awareness about mental health, it will also provide vital funding for our services at a time when more people than ever need Mind’s help. Our message to fans is simple: whoever you support, Mind is here to support you.”
Also speaking to the Mind website, Arteta stressed the importance of raising awareness surrounding mental health, especially after a pandemic.
The Arsenal manager said: “As we take steps forward out of the pandemic, we’re happy to play in a series which promotes better mental health.
“The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult and so many people – including many of our own fans – understandably need some extra support for their mental wellbeing.
“Of course, these pre-season games will provide our teams with excellent high-quality preparation ahead of next season, but also very importantly they will be raising funds and awareness for organisations, like Mind, who give their outstanding support to those who need it the most in difficult circumstances.”
Source by Football London