LONDON (AP) – English football officials hope Wembley Stadium will be fully ready for the European Championship final in July.
In the coming weeks, a number of pilot events will be held at sports and entertainment venues to assess spectator and visitor testing procedures in the coming weeks before a wider easing of coronavirus restrictions in the UK, which will not take effect until May.
These include the following games at Wembley: English Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton (4,000 fans) on April 18, English League Cup final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City on April 25 (8,000 fans), and the final of the English Cup on May 15. (21,000 fans).
We hope that this will eventually allow a much larger number of people to return, particularly for the postponement of Euro 2020, with Wembley playing seven games in July, including the semi-finals.
“We are delighted to be hosting three test events at Wembley and we are confident we can create a safe environment,” said Mark Bullingham, CEO of the Football Association.
“This is a possible first step to bring the fans back to the final goal of a full stadium, I hope at the end of the men’s Euro.”
The final of the European Championship should take place on July 11.
From April 17 to May 3, the Crosby Theater in Sheffield will host a closed rehearsal event – a sports championship that will accommodate up to 1,000 people a day.
“Our sports stars and great performers need us to find you to sit on the benches safely,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. “This science-led pilot project will be a springboard to bring back the noise of live performances.
“We have donated an unprecedented amount of money to sport and the arts, but now is the time to make that ‘British Summer’ of live events a reality.”
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