Wembley Stadium will be able to host more than 60,000 fans for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, the government has announced. The capacity will be lifted to 75 per cent for the final three matches of the tournament.
All ticket holders for the matches on July 6, 7, and 11 must provide a negative COVID-19 test or evidence of a full vaccination.
They must be shown 14 days prior to the fixture.
Those registered with a GP in England will be able to display their proof of immunisation via the NHS App or a printout.
A negative lateral flow test can be shown via email, a text message or the NHS App.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We are thrilled that more fans will now be able to walk through the Wembley turnstiles and enjoy the finals of EURO 2020.
“As we continue to make progress on our roadmap out of lockdown, keeping the public safe remains our top priority. We have worked extremely closely with UEFA and the FA to ensure rigorous and tight public health measures are in place whilst allowing more fans to see the action live.
“The finals promise to be an unforgettable moment in our national recovery from the pandemic.”
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin added; “It is great news that so many fans will be able to watch the final three matches of the EURO 2020 at Wembley.
“The last 18 months have taught us – both on and off the pitch – how integral fans are to the fabric of the game.
“This tournament has been a beacon of hope to reassure people that we are returning to a more normal way of life and this is a further step along that road.
“I am grateful to the Prime Minister and the UK Government for their hard work in finalising these arrangements with us, to make the tournament final stages a great success in Wembley.”
The Football Association’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, commented; “It is great that the Government has agreed to allow over 60,000 fans in Wembley for the final three matches of the tournament.
“It’s amazing how much atmosphere fans have been able to generate so far, so to have three times as many will be fantastic.
“We have always said that fans are the lifeblood of the game, so it’s brilliant that so many will get a chance to see the tournament finale. We hope that this programme lays the foundation for the safe return of fans in stadiums all across the country next season.”
The news emerges after suggestions that the showpiece event might be moved from the national stadium over concerns that UEFA officials would need to isolate due to coronavirus guidelines.
However, it is believed that the government and UEFA are in advanced talks over a deal.
Wembley has staged both of England’s opening two Euro 2020 matches.
The Three Lions defeated Croatia in their first game.
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal to hand his side an excellent win to open their campaign.
However, Gareth Southgate’s side then limped to a goalless draw with Scotland on Friday.
Wembley will host England’s final Group D match against Czech Republic tonight (Tuesday).
The government has also confirmed that other sporting events, such as the Wimbledon tennis championship, will take place with larger crowds as part of the Event’s Research Programme.
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