MANSFIELD, England (AP) — An English soccer club has moved up the start time of one of its league games as a test amid efforts to save money as energy costs rise.
Mansfield’s fourth-tier League Two match against Walsall on October 15 was scheduled to kick off at 3pm local time, but will now start at 1pm
“The club is striving to mitigate the looming considerable rise in energy bills,” the mid-England outfit said.
“As part of these efforts, the earlier start will allow the club to discern whether significant savings in light bulb use and other energy costs can be achieved.”
Mansfield said the club will take note if the change affects “potential attendance”, 3pm being the traditional kick-off time in English football, particularly in the lower leagues.
Clocks will be turned back in Britain on October 30, marking the end of British Summer Time (BST) and a reversion to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The use of spotlights by the teams becomes necessary as winter approaches.
Energy price increases have spiked first due to the global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which sent fuel demand skyrocketing, and then because of aftershocks from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Millions of people will pay around 80% more a year on their home energy bills from October, amid Britain’s cost of living crisis.
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