Capacity for Euro 2020 finale raised to 40,000

LONDON (AFP) – The Euro 2020 semi-finals and final will be played in front of 40,000 fans at Wembley, while a capacity crowd will witness the Wimbledon finals as part of a series of new pilot events in England.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced a four-week delay in England to the full lifting of coronavirus restrictions – which were due to end on June 21 – because of a surge in infections caused by the Delta variant.

However, the final four matches at Wembley of the European Championship will be able to nearly double the crowd that saw England win their opening match against Croatia 1-0 on Sunday.

England will also face Scotland and the Czech Republic in front of 25 per cent capacity at Wembley in the next week.

But a last 16 match on June 29, plus the semi-finals and final in July, will be staged in front of the largest crowd in the United Kingdom (UK) for more than 15 months.

Spectators watch the Euro 2020 match between England and Croatia at Wembley stadium in London. PHOTO: AP

Wimbledon will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity during the two weeks of the tournament. The women’s final on July 10 and men’s showpiece the following day will be watched by a full 15,000 crowd on Centre Court.

“We want to gather further evidence on how we can open up all big events safely, and for good,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said.

England’s group games at Euro 2020 had already been included on the government’s extended events research programme and will continue to be played in front of crowds of 22,500.

Ticket holders for Wembley have to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.