Boost for summer sports fans as Royal Ascot and the second Test of England series against New Zealand are added to the government’s list of pilot events … with a whopping 17,000 tickets available for days at Edgbaston
The government has added Royal Ascot and the second series of Test of England v New Zealand at Edgbaston to their list of pilot events that will allow larger crowds than currently allowed in phase three of the post-lock roadmap.
In a move expected to be announced Wednesday, 10,000 spectators will be able to attend every day of the royal gathering from June 15-19. As many as 17,000 tickets will be made available for each day of the Edgbaston test, which begins. the previous week on June 10.
The new pilots will be added to plans for 20,000 fans to attend the first two games of Euro 2020 in Wembley, with the government eager to see the impact of larger crowds at multi-day events.
The government has added Royal Ascot to its pilot event list to allow for larger crowds
The first phase of the pilots for mass events that took place earlier this month went well – especially at Wembley, where the 40,000 fans attending the FA Cup final, semi-final and Carabao Cup final failed to test any positive for Covid- 19 delivered.
Of the 58,000 people attending sports and entertainment industry events, only 15 were Covid cases, with only four positive results from the 17 days of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, despite being staged indoors at the Crucible Theater.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden on Tuesday expressed the hope that after June 21 in some locations crowds could be allowed. But Sportsmail has been told that Wembley will have to work with restrictions for all euros.
The FA is working on a best-case scenario of 50 percent capacity for England’s final group match on June 22 and the knockout stage, with a full crowd confined to grounds of 30,000 capacity and under.
The second Test series of England against New Zealand at Edgbaston is also included