Selhurst Park may not currently be the usual hub of activity on a non-matchday with weddings, business events and more currently on hold, however the space will be used for a very worthy cause, with covid-19 vaccinations to be administered at the stadium.
Crystal Palace F.C have donated the site to the NHS, with vaccinations to begin in the near future. NHS staff and volunteers will take over Glaziers lounge in the main stand which has been adapted to provide the necessary levels of safety and social distancing.
Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish said: "We are proud to be playing our part in helping the NHS deliver the vaccine to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Selhurst Park sits at the heart of our community so we were delighted to put our stadium at the disposal of the NHS.
"Nothing could be more important than the rapid roll-out of the vaccine program to allow us all to return to something approaching normality."
Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and GP lead for the roll-out of the vaccine in south-west London, said: "Our teams have done an amazing job working quickly to get ready to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccinations, and we are immensely grateful for the support of organisations like Crystal Palace Football Club who are offering their time and facilities to help the NHS.
"The coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective, and will offer people a vital defence against the virus, but we can’t be complacent, it is still so important that people continue to follow government guidance and keep their distance.
"The NHS will invite eligible people for the vaccine at a set time to ensure those most at risk are prioritised, it is important not to contact your GP for a vaccination before then."