Swansea had to play their FA Cup match against Southampton without fans. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
In mid-December, First Minister Mark Drakeford imposed restrictions on sporting events which prohibited fans from attending professional sports matches in Wales.
Cardiff City, Newport County, Swansea City, Wrexham and Welsh domestic clubs were forced to play their matches behind closed doors, despite England opting to continue to allow spectators.
It threw up the anomaly that fans of those respective clubs could support their team away from home as they crossed the border, but were unable to watch their team’s home matches and instead had to watch from streams.
From next Saturday (January, 21), however, Wales will allow for full crowds again after initially allowing 500 from this weekend.
COVID passes which show proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test will be required for spectators as the stadium and attendance is expected to be above 10,000.
The rule change means that Robins fans will be able to make the trip across the Severn Bridge to face Swansea on Sunday, February 13.
The match was amended to Sunday at the request of South Wales Police because Wales host Scotland at the Principality Stadium in the Six Nations on the originally scheduled date.
City are currently three points ahead of the Welsh side though Russell Martin’s men do hold three-games in hand over them.
In the reverse fixture between the two sides, Swansea claimed a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate back in August with Joël Piroe on target.
Those making the trip will also see some former City players as the Swans have Jamie Paterson and Korey Smith on their books.
Paterson was let go by the board last summer but has since excelled after struggling to find a club in the summer. The 30-year-old has eight goals and four assists for his new team and recently put pen-to-paper on a new deal with Swansea.
Meanwhile ahead of the Derby with Cardiff City next week, the Bluebirds have sold out their allocation of 2,300 tickets. The match is due to take place on Saturday with an earlier kick-off time of 12.30 per the request of Avon and Somerset Police.