Northampton Saints grateful for the support and love from fans
Written by NLive News Team on September 11, 2021
Coronavirus has caused much disruption across much of society. Including sport. Fans are a fundamental part of any sport, with chants and cheering from both sides creating a truly electric atmosphere. Since March 2020 the echoing voices filling rugby stadiums right across England have all but faded. People supporting their team through lockdown by watching on television has truly been harrowing.
One local rugby team who are excited to welcome back fans after a long period of time away are, the Northampton Saints. Although they were allowed a couple of thousand fans at the end of last season Jack Miller, a spokesperson at the club has said that welcoming back even more fans has been a long time coming.
‘Everyone at the Club is extremely excited to be welcoming our supporters back through our gates. Obviously, we were thrilled to get a few thousand people back in for our final two Premiership games of last season, but it has been almost 18 months since our last capacity crowd here at Franklin’s Gardens, so we have been counting down the days for a long time’
A primary concern among many locals is big groups of fans congregating in small areas because this can potentially increase coronavirus transmission. However, to keep fans safe and to ensure the safety of staff, the saints are encouraging fans to take some precautions.
‘We’ll be strongly encouraging all attendees to wear masks around the ground, while we will have extra sanitiser available on the gates and will be doing everything possible to reduce queueing at our bars and food stalls. We expect our supporters to be respectful of one another and look after each other, as they always do on matchdays.’
A positive message from Jack is that although not being able to physically support their team in person, social media has allowed fans to support their club from a financial perspective as a lack of money can have a detrimental effect on any sporting club.
‘Our season ticket and match ticket sales have been really strong ahead of the start of the new season, while the Saints Store has sold record numbers of our new home and away jerseys, which shows just how much everyone is looking forward to getting back inside the stadium and supporting the team.’
It is clear to see that the Saints have a loyal and faithful fan base who will support their club through thick and thin. Hopefully now the fans will finally be able to fill the stadium with noise and admiration for their club.
‘Throughout the pandemic, our fans stayed completely behind the Club, so we are looking to reward them with an incredible matchday experience when they return to Franklin’s Gardens.’
Written by Samuel Clark