West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is delighted that maximum attendance will be permitted when the Hammers host Leicester City in their first Premier League game of 2021-22 on August 23.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that sports stadiums and events are set to have no capacity cap from July 19 as coronavirus restrictions are eased, and top-flight clubs are relieved with the news.
BREAKING: Prime Minister Boris Johnson says sports stadiums and events are set to have no capacity cap from July 19th as restrictions ease 🏟️
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 5, 2021
West Ham and co have been without their fans since March 2020, with only a handful allowed in for a few games towards the end of last season.
The Hammers will have everyone back at the London Stadium next term, and Rice has reacted on his Instagram Stories after Sky Sports shared the update.
West Ham are playing in the Europa League next season, and having their fans back is the perfect gift.
Although the London Stadium crowd is not the most patient and can often be too vocal when the team is not playing well, they do not hesitate to cheer their side on during the good times, and Rice and his teammates will have missed that.
The Hammers need all the support they can get if they are to do well on the continent and replicate last term’s domestic heroics, and the fans’ return would help provide that tonic effect.
The club’s finances have also been dealt a huge blow due to their absence, and their return is a much-needed boost.
It has been a tough year for West Ham and clubs across Europe, and they will hope that having a full capacity in their stadium would be a permanent thing as normality gradually returns.