Wembley Stadium is set to host more than 60 000 spectators in the last games of the European Championship.
This is after the United Kingdom government and Uefa agreed to increase the stadium’s attendance up to 75% capacity for the semi-finals and the final of the continental showpiece.
Reports had indicated Budapest could replace Wembley as the venue amid concerns around England’s coronavirus restrictions, while Italy also put forward Rome as another alternative.
However, things have turned around with an agreement reached between the UK government and Uefa which will see the iconic stadium hosting the most important games of this year’s event.
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin spoke to the media after the agreement and re-assured the world that things are in order.
“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 government remains in talks with Uefa over exemptions for additional guests and overseas fans for the semi-finals and final, with public health the number one priority. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is expected to provide further clarity later.
Part of the on-going negotiations include Uefa requesting the UK to ease restrictions around the final three games of tournament, with a 24-hour ‘bubble’ in place instead of mandatory 10-day quarantine (reduced to five days upon a further negative test).
This will see the largest crowds assembled at a sporting event in the UK in over 15 months.
Wembley’s capacity has been reduced to 22,500 for the group stage fixtures, while it was already announced last week that the knockout match on the 29th of June would be hosted with at least 40,000 fans.
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By FARPost reporter