Excitement among fans as Canaries reveal stadium return hopes
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Norwich City has raised hope that Carrow Road could be full for the entirety of the upcoming Premier League season.
The club is hopeful all restrictions could be lifted in time for the opening fixture as the government roadmap continues to progress well.
With all social contact restrictions earmarked to be eased by June 21, the Canaries could be playing in front of the yellow and green army before too long.
A spokesman for Norwich City said: "As a club, we are hopeful all restrictions will be lifted by the first game of the 2021-22 season and that we’ll be able to return to full capacity.
"Any updates on the return of spectators will be communicated via official club channels."
The prospect is a tantalising one for City fans eager to see their promoted heroes live in the flesh.
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Harry Frazer spoke for all Norwich fans when he said: "We can hope, miss my Carrow Road family."
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James Flett added: "Just imagine that first home game of the season, seeing the pitch bathed in sunshine and fans everywhere, goosebumps just thinking about it."
And one supporter was even looking forward to the prospect of sitting next to "moaning Larry" when he starts "kicking off as usual".
The Canaries are set to begin the new Premier League season on August 14, with fixtures due to be announced at 9am on Wednesday, June 16.
Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School said the return of fans is dependent on the Indian Covid variant.
He said: "It is not looking good at the moment with cases doubling every week to 10 days in the UK, despite the fact there are still a high level of restrictions in place.
"The club has got to be hopeful because as soon as we reach the fourth step on June 21, that is technically back to normal."