Three Scottish Premiership matches have been given new kick-off times in a trial aimed primarily at boosting attendance.
Hibernian’s home game against St Johnstone has been brought forward from 3.00pm on Saturday 22nd October to 7.30pm on Friday 21st October.
Aberdeen’s next two meetings with Dundee United, at Tannadice on Saturday October 8 and at Pittodrie on Saturday October 12, have been postponed from 3-6pm on the same dates at the request of both clubs.
Hibs, who will reduce prices for the Saints game to £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, said on their website: “After discussions with the SPFL, Scottish Police and St Johnstone, we have asked to move the game to test a new initiative for club and league, bringing back Friday night football.
“A leader and innovator in Scotland, we are trying something different and want to create a special atmosphere under the lights of Easter Road.”
Aberdeen recently changed their home game against Hibs in November from Saturday afternoon to Friday evening and their commercial manager Rob Wicks said after the final adjustments to the game: “We have stated previously that we would like to test new kick-off times. sending to help increase attendance and Over the past few months we have worked alongside other SPFL clubs to make this happen.
“We are particularly delighted to have the opportunity to try out this kick-off time for a home game as we look to improve the atmosphere and increase opportunities for our wider supporter base, including families, many of whom struggle to kick off at 3 p.m. on a Saturday, to come and watch an exciting derby match.
“Fan feedback will be welcome and the club will use this data to inform of any future changes.”
United chief executive Luigi Capuano said: “The idea is to increase attendance and allow wider access to our supporter base, including families.
“There are other positive factors, including greater commercial and media exposure and maximizing revenue generation for local businesses, but our main priority was to create opportunities for greater spectator access.
“After this game, we will take stock of the success of the event.”