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Wembley to host 45,000 fans and full house for Wimbledon finals despite ‘Freedom Day’ delay


This summer’s massive sporting events will be permitted expanded crowds (Pictures: Getty)

There will be 45,000 fans in attendance at Wembley for the climax of Euro 2020 while Wimbledon’s Centre Court will play host to a full house for both men’s and women’s finals despite the government’s delay to ‘Freedom Day’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that coronavirus lockdown restrictions would not be lifted fully until next month, though ‘pilot events’ such as the European Championship would continue with more than the currently permitted 10,000 spectators.

According to The Times, the government have given the semi-finals and final of the Euros – all played at Wembley – test event status under the Events Research Programme (ERP), as well as one round-of-16 match.

England’s last-16, semi-final and final matches could be played in front of 45,000 fans (Getty)

Those games could all involve England if the Three Lions manage to win Group D, having claimed three points against Croatia in arguably their toughest match of the group stage on Sunday.

Wembley will be able to host 45,000 fans for the final three matches of the tournament, as well as the last-16 tie, which equates to roughly half its maximum capacity.

Other group stage matches yet to be played – against Scotland and the Czech Republic – will continue under the current restrictions of 10,000 fans.

Wimbledon has also been granted test event status and the men’s and women’s finals will be played in front of Centre Court’s 14,979 capacity crowd.

This would represent the first outdoor event to be played in front of a full house since the pandemic begun, though the Crucible was at full capacity for the World Snooker Championship in April.

For the rest of the tournament before the final weekend, Wimbledon will operate at 50 per cent capacity, which will allow for 21,000 fans per day across the site.

Wimbledon will host a full house for the men’s and women’s finals (Picture: Getty)

Supporters attending the events are expected to need to show either proof of both vaccinations or supply negative Covid test results.

Talks are ongoing with other sports that could be given test event status, with the Challenge Cup final, Open golf championship and British Grand Prix – all taking place over four days in mid-July – likely to be allowed more than 10,000 fans too.


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