Sports fans in England have received a major boost with the news that they will be allowed to return to stadiums and venues from May 17.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday presented his roadmap to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Fans have been banned from visiting sports venues since the tier system was phased out in December.
But there is renewed hope that things will start to return to some sort of normalcy in this country sooner or later after the May benchmark is put in place.
Indoor events will be capped at a capacity of 50 percent or 1,000, whichever is less, while a maximum of 4,000 people will be allowed to attend smaller outdoor events.
Up to 10,000 people or a quarter of the capacity, whichever is smaller, will be allowed in larger venues like Wembley.
Meanwhile, the government has also confirmed that it will run a series of pilot projects starting in April using improved testing approaches and other measures to organize events with larger crowds and reduced social distancing for evaluate the results.
This means events such as the League Cup Final at Wembley (April 25), the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park (May 8) and the FA Cup Final at Wembley (May 15) might have fans present.
The proposals rule out the possibility of supporters attending regular season matches in the EFL, but that will not be the case for the teams that will make the play-offs.
In a statement released on Monday, the EFL said it hopes “ as many fans as possible ” will be able to attend the divisional play-off finals at the end of May.
Under current guidelines, that would also mean thousands of fans flocking through the turnstiles for the last weekend of the Premier League season on May 23.
The prospect of moving the British and Irish Lions’ tour from South Africa to the UK and Ireland has also drawn closer following the government’s latest announcement.
With England’s legal limits on social contacts set to end on June 21, this is clearly changing the landscape on this subject.
So, in light of this, could Anthony Joshua’s highly anticipated all-British showdown with Tyson Fury also take place in the UK?
As it stands, the possible venues for this grudge match could be Wembley, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and London Stadium, if the fight is not overseas.
And let’s not forget Euro 2020… England have a Wembley triple-header against Croatia (June 13), Scotland (June 18) and the Czech Republic (June 23) in just 11 days.
The Telegraph claims senior FA officials have identified 24,000 spectators as reasonable participation in the ‘Battle of Britain’ showdown – which takes place three days before the social distancing rules were lifted – and will push the government to sanction it.
So what other sporting events can UK fans look forward to attending? talkSPORT.com watch below…
Major UK sporting events this summer (from May 17th)
May 22: Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley (Soccer)
May 29-31 – Championship playoff final, Ligue 1 playoff final, Ligue 2 playoff final – dates to be confirmed (Soccer)
June 11-July 11: Euro 2020 will take place at 12 venues – final at Wembley (Soccer)
June 13: England vs Croatia (Soccer)
June 15-19: Royal Ascot (Horses race)
June 18: England vs Scotland (Soccer)
June 22: Czech Republic vs England (Soccer)
June 28-July 11: Wimbledon (Tennis)
June 29, July 1 and 4: ODI England v Sri Lanka (Locust)
July 8,10,13: ODI England v Pakistan (Locust)
July 13: Diamond League: Anniversary Games at London Stadium (Athletics)
July 15 and 18: The Open at Royal St George’s (Golf)
July 16, 18 and 20: England v Pakistan T20 (Locust)
July 17: Challenge Cup Final at Wembley (Rugby League)
July 18: British Grand Prix (Formula One)
July August: The Hundred (Locust)