Do the fans exist without the Premier League? Does the Premier League exist without the fans? It was as clear as daylight… The one cannot survive without the other while watching behind-closed-door matches.
The fans’ reaction to the suspension of the Top Flight was, in general, one of sorrow and loss despite the clear reasoning behind the decision of COVID-19 and its timeless spread.
Roger Bennett of the Men in Blazers podcast stated the following on March 13, in response to the Premier League play stoppage:
"On a personal note, the lack of Premier League football, it hits me hard. It really does. Just the removal of a world that I have always used as a respite, as an escape, as a safety blanket just to lose myself in to connect to others, to connect to you. Roger Bennett. (Via: Men In Blazers)"
This sentiment on an individual level is likely universal.
The loss of football hits hard because it is something of value for the fans. This is obvious based on the amount of money, time, and emotion that they trade for watching matches, buying merchandise, match day experiences, watch parties, listening to podcasts, cheering victories, and crying over bad losses.