The arrival of the large vaccination centre at the Riverside this week has further underlined the important role the stadium has played for the region during the pandemic.

The Riverside has continued to be a hub of activity, ensuring vital services, operations, and training events have been able to take place over the past 10 months.

The stadium has been used by the NHS, British Red Cross, Cleveland Police, and other emergency services throughout the pandemic, and the Riverside has been a hive of important activity providing a base to ensure the continuity of critical operations.

Riverside Head of Sales Jennifer Lee Wright said: “I don’t think any of us thought the pandemic would have resulted in such a tragic loss of life and devastating impact on our economy.

“2020 took a heavy toll on the hospitality sector, however, against all adversity the Riverside Stadium has remained open throughout the last 10 months for clients that have required our help to continue essential training and services and I am extremely proud of this achievement.

“Our teams were swift to implement COVID secure measures throughout our site, gaining accreditation, which quickly instilled confidence with our clients and so Blood Donors can continue their important services, British Red Cross are able to conduct mandatory training and other Public Sector companies can avail of our facilities in a safe and secure environment.

“We have also been able to deliver a few fun outdoor events with a charity bungee jump, a fantastic sell out Christmas Drive-in Panto, not forgetting the return of 1,000 fans in September to watch our home game against Bournemouth.”

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