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Derby County have made a decision on whether or not to pipe crowd noise through the speakers of Pride Park for this afternoon's Championship clash with Reading.
The Rams play their first match in DE24 after the coronavirus lockdown ended, allowing elite football to return.
In the first week-and-a-half of football's return clubs have put giant flags across the first few rows of seats at stadiums to try and mask the obvious sight of empty seats.
We've also heard, somewhat irritatingly at Millwall last week, crowd noise piped through the speakers of stadiums too.
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Manchester City even had giant screens erected behind the goals of the Etihad Stadium to try and replicate the effects of fans at games as much as possible.
As far as Derby are concerned, chief executive Stephen Pearce has confirmed that crowd noise will be played through the Pride Park speakers.
"We are indeed, yes," he told BBC Radio Derby.
"So we've got that coming through the speakers, together with - hopefully - some celebration noises as well tomorrow.
"So we've got some crowd noise, we've got banners.
"We've not gone for the cardboard cut-outs, I am afraid, but we've gone for flags across the East Stand from some sponsors.
"We've got fans who have sent some flags who have sent some flags in for the North and the South Stands, so we're definitely going to be creating an atmosphere for everybody tuning in."
Derby haven't played at Pride Park since they beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 on March 8.
That match was attended by 26,590 people.
The club practiced with and without crowd noise in a game against Stoke City as they prepared for the return of football.
They have four League matches remaining in DE24.