Will English Premier League have full stadiums from 2021-22 season?
The English Premier League has been held for more than a season without spectators owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, will it all change from the 2021-22 season, with a packed crowd returning to the venues?
The raging COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world brutally, with the sporting world being badly affected. Be it any sport; it is mostly being played in front of empty stands at the venue, behind closed doors.
The English Premier League has been no different, as it has already been more than a season that the tournament has been played similarly. With just three more matchdays remaining, it all comes to an end this month.
However, it could all change from next season, as EPL is considering welcoming the fans back in total capacity to the venues. With Great Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing the decision to ease lockdown restrictions in the country, the news has been welcomed by EPL.
In contrast, EPL CEO Richard Masters has made it clear that the competition's priority would be to have packed venues from the 2021-22 season. EPL could consider having up to 50% crowd at the stadiums even in the remaining games of the ongoing season, with the lockdown restrictions expected to be lifted from May 17.
"It'll be brilliant to see fans back. They've been hugely missed and the Premier League hasn't been the same without them. Their presence will ensure a fantastic finale to the end of our season. Although only a small number of home fans will be at our matches next week, this is an important step in our return to normality," said Masters, reports Reuters.
Earlier, on April 25, a capacity of 8,000 was allowed at the Wimbley Stadium in London to witness the Carabao Cup final, which Manchester City won by defeating Tottenham Hotspur. Also, Saturday's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City at the same venue is expected to have 21,000 fans.
"We'll continue to work with the government and other authorities as our priority is to have full vibrant stadiums – including away supporters - from the start of next season. Only then will we get back to the real Premier League," confirmed Masters.
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