The Premier League may never look the same again.
But now we are getting a glimpse of what “the new normal” will actually look like when the top flight gets underway.
It will restart with a double header of Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal on Wednesday, June 17.
The Premier League are waiting on the TV companies to thrash out the times and fixture schedules with plenty of horse trading going on between Sky, BT Sport, Amazon and the BBC over the remaining 92 games.
But it is set to begin at Villa Park with the earlier kick off time of 6pm but, behind closed doors, the glamour and glitz of the Premier League will look and sound very different.
From sell-out crowds of 76,000 at Old Trafford, suddenly there will only be a maximum of 300 people in top flight stadiums - and that includes the players.
The clubs have now been sent match day protocols which will be discussed and approved at Thursday’s Premier League meeting.
The vast majority will broadcasters as the likes of Sky, BT Sport and Amazon will get up to 98 people in the ground to oversee their huge TV productions which, ultimately, pay the bills. This will include commentators, touchline reporters and riggers, electricians and technicians.
There will be 20 players per club (18 in the match day squad with two on standby) and 12 members of coaching and medical staff.
Each club will be allowed ten directors and executives and they will have plenty of room to spread out in their luxurious directors’ box.
Five match day officials - referee, linesmen, fourth official and assessor - will be allowed in with someone to oversee that VAR works smoothly as video referees will be in operation at Stockley Park where social distancing will be observed.
Referees will be stationed in different areas to the players to get changed in modern day stadiums.
The clubs have been given permission to not use VAR but the general feeling is they want to keep it as close to being as it was before for the reasons of integrity.
The use of five substitutes is still up for discussion and one club told Mirror Sport this was “still in the balance.”
There will be four doping control officers, four press officers, six opposition scouts to allow clubs to check on future opponents.
Premier League Productions is the league’s in-house TV channel and they can have up to 30 staff plus foreign broadcasters and commentators.
There is also space for the written media, up to 25 from newspapers, plus radio who will all be told to arrive an hour before kick-off, taken straight to their seats and press conferences will be done from their seats via Zoom.
The Matchday Operations Plan also includes strict restrictions on who can go where as the tunnel area will be deemed a “red zone” to try and limit who goes near the players to reduce the risk.
It will be a very different looking stadium with many clubs planning to film the rafts of empty seats with banners for their own team and also slogans supporting the NHS.
The empty spaces will allow TV channels to post cameras in different places plus there is a push for half time interviews and dressing room access - but the clubs have had resistance from managers and players.
One of the biggest obstacles for clubs to overcome is how they get to away games. Clubs are being urged to use private planes as they can be easier to clean than coaches and social distancing than trains.
There are also no hotels to stay in and clubs will have to travel on the day for games in stadiums that will look very, very different.