Wimbledon: Capacity crowds allowed for men’s and women’s finals
Wimbledon’s men’s and women’s finals will be the first outdoor sports event to be played in front of a capacity crowd since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Grand Slam will initially be played with 50% capacity which will rise throughout the tournament.
Both men’s and women’s finals will be played in front of Centre Court’s full 15000 capacity as part of the UK Government fan pilot test events.
Wembley will also be able to increase their capacity to 50%, around 45000 fans, for the knockout stages of Euro 2020.
These events have been granted exemptions from current capacity limits despite the UK Government’s decision to delay the easing of coronavirus restrictions in England until at least July 19.
“We want to gather further evidence on how we can open up all big events safely, and for good,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said.
“The expansion of trials of the NHS app and lateral flow testing will mean that bigger crowds will be able to attend a limited number of major sporting and cultural events early this summer as part of our events research programme.
“In the next few weeks, this means more fans enjoying the Euros and Wimbledon, and some of our biggest cultural and sports events.”
The All England Club, who organise Wimbledon, have said that the health of all competitors and spectators will be their top priority at this summer’s tournament.
“We are continuing to work closely with the Government to finalise the details including the requirements for Covid-status certification for spectators,” the All England Club said in a statement.
“We are pleased to have worked closely with the government, public health bodies, and our local authority in Merton, to confirm that, as part of this next phase of pilot events, the Championships 2021 will begin on Monday 28 June with 50% capacity across the grounds, building to full capacity crowds of 15,000 on Centre Court for the finals weekend.
“This will enable us to fulfil our aspiration of staging the best Wimbledon possible within the current circumstances, with the health and safety of all those who make Wimbledon happen – our guests, competitors, members, staff, media, officials, local residents, and partners – remaining our highest priority.”
The women’s final will take place on July 10 and the men’s final is on July 11.