Crowds could be back in time for Leeds United’s final game of the season

22 Feb 2021 05:39 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Today Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-part plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown. This means a potential against the odds return to sports football grounds before the end of the season could be on the cards. A series of pilot events are planned for April and if successful, "up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower" will be allowed in stadiums for sporting events, but not before 17 May. "The turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate," said Johnson. Would you bet against Leeds with a BetRegal Bonus Code to be the one to wave off West Brom back to the Championship. And if everything goes the plan there could be 9,400 Leeds fans there on the last day of the season to do it.

There had been a slither of hope back in December when crowds of actual, real life football supporters returned to stadiums for a short period of time as lockdown two came to an end. The rules back then allowed for crowds of up to 2,000 supporters in Tier 2 areas and 4,000 supporters in Tier 1 areas. Unfortunately, with cases on the rise in West Yorkshire, Leeds found itself in Tier 3 with no prospect of fans getting back inside Elland Road. Some fans did get to see Leeds live for the first time since March 2020 as 2,000 were allowed in for our Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But this latest news could herald the return of fans to Elland Road for the first time in 14 months, even if it’s only for one game!

Leeds United confirmed their plans for season ticket holders back in December with 2020/21 Season Tickets credits rolling over to the 2021/22 season with prices frozen yet again. All current Season Ticket holders will be given priority for any tickets at home matches via a ballot system with groups of friends and family able to enter ballots together. Ticket credits from the 2020/21 season will be rolled over into next season, on a pro-rata basis. If someone were to attend a match during the 2020/21 season they would only need to pay for one match to top up their Season Tickets for the 2021/22 season. After Season Ticket holders priority and when capacities allow, members would receive an allocation of the tickets available.

So, with the prospect of crowds back at Elland Road a not too distant hope would you return to watch Leeds live for the final game of the season as part of a reduced crowd? Or are you waiting for the full force of 37,000 Leeds fans to be back in the stadium cheering Leeds United on next season?