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Return to stadiums – “I’m 73 years old and was apprehensive, but soon felt at ease”

The second round of the EFL season took place over the weekend with small numbers of fans allowed into stadiums for test events – and there were many new procedures to follow.

While the government have paused the ongoing plan to get supporters back into stadiums, this video helps shine a light on what fans may expect when they are finally allowed back in the ground.

Here we share the experiences of Middlesbrough Supporters Forum member Mark, and Dan from Boro fangroup the Twe12thman from their fixture against Bournemouth.

The feedback from fans afterwards was overwhelmingly positive, including one fan who wrote “I’m 73 years old and still feeling unsafe to go to shops! I went to the Riverside a bit apprehensive with my grandson. I soon felt at ease! Everyone keeping to social distancing and the Boro staff well in control of all systems.”

Return to stadiums: pre/post-match video from Boro fans’ perspectives

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