The news that up to 250 fans will be allowed into stadiums to watch Singapore Premier League (SPL) games starting from this weekend has been met with great enthusiasm by everyone at the Lion City Sailors.

Following the news, Sailors CEO Chew Chun-Liang expressed his excitement at the prospect of seeing Sailors fans back in the stands again after more than a year.

“I think I speak for every Sailor when I say we are all eagerly looking forward to the return of fans to the stadium,” said Chun-Liang.

“We have sorely missed the presence of our fans supporting us from the stands.”

According to an announcement by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on Wednesday (Apr 7), fans who wish to attend SPL games will have to produce proof that they have tested negative for Covid-19 – either of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or antigen rapid test (ART) – or show the certification of having received the full two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The PCR test must have been taken within the last 14 days from the date of the game, while the ART must be taken within 24 hours prior to end of the event. Meanwhile, individuals who have been vaccinated will only be admitted if the date of the match falls at least two weeks after their second dose.

Fans who are eligible to enter the stadiums can obtain a wrist tag at dedicated booths that will be set up at each match venue. This tag – which will be unique to the match – will allow the fan to enter the venue 60 minutes before kick-off.

All fans who enter the stadium will be subjected to both safe-distancing and security protocols. It is advised that fans do not bring bags when attending the matches.

From April 24 onwards, however, up to 250 fans will be allowed into match venues without the need for testing, as per the Covid-19 guidelines announced by the multi-ministry task force on March 24.

“I know for a fact that the players are very excited to be able to play in front of a live crowd once again, and they are especially eager to entertain all our loyal fans who have been supporting us even when they haven’t been able to come to matches,” said Chun-Liang

“Huge credit to the FAS and everyone who was involved in helping to facilitate the return of fans as well. We’re fully appreciative of their hard work and dedication to make this happen.”

Details for entry to the Sailors’ home game against Balestier Khalsa on April 18, 8.30pm, at the Jalan Besar Stadium, will be released soon.