Yorkshire skipper Steve Patterson can't wait to welcome fans back to Headingley for Sussex clash
Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson admits he “can’t wait” to welcome fans back to Headingley for the first time in 623 days when his side host Sussex this week.
Tykes supporters have been forced to follow their side’s fortunes from afar since September 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but around 4,250 will be allowed into each day of the County Championship clash with Sussex when it begins on Thursday.
And Patterson said: “The supporters and the fans are the reason we play the game.
“It’s been different last year and this without crowds. There are pros and cons to it. You don’t get the support when you’re on top, but on the flip-side you don’t get reminded of it when you’re struggling.
“But, for a lot of our supporters, it’s a big part of their life. You see them week in and week out, and we’re part of a big cricketing family in a sense.
“The fact we haven’t seen them in a long time is obviously unusual. It will be lovely to see the familiar faces again.
“Me personally, I always feel I’ve been really well supported by the Yorkshire faithful. It’s meant a lot to me over the years.
“To have them back, I can’t wait. I will really appreciate that.”
Fans must purchase tickets in advance, with none available on the day, with Yorkshire “advising” supporters to take a lateral flow Covid-19 test 24 hours before attending a day’s play at Headingley.
Fans will be asked to adhere to social distancing regulations, wear a mask when not sat in their allocated seat and also register with the NHS’ track and trace system.