The English Edgbaston test against New Zealand will be played in front of 18,000 fans

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Government confirms England cricket test against New Zealand in Edgbaston will be played in front of 18,000 fans every day and 12,000 spectators per day allowed at Royal Ascot

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.

Next month’s test between England and New Zealand will welcome around 18,000 fans every day after being selected as the first of the government’s last test events.

Currently, outdoor venues are only allowed to have a capacity of 25%, or 10,000 spectators, but the stadium will be 70% full for the game against the Black Caps when it takes place between 10 and 14 June.

The game will be played 11 days before Freedom Day, when the government wants to end all social distances on June 21.

Edgbaston will welcome 18,000 fans every day for the second test against New Zealand

In addition, 12,000 spectators will be admitted to Royal Ascot every day from June 15 to 19. The Berkshire trail previously pushed ahead with a capacity limit of 4,000.

Stuart Cain, CEO of the stadium, said in a statement, “ Edgbaston is unique as a cricket venue because it has such a large footprint in the stadium, but we also have a hugely experienced operational delivery team, which has hosted many major events and a spectator pilot. has had. summer.

“We have always hoped to be featured in the pilot program and are delighted to see the thousands of cardholders who can now attend.”

12,000 spectators will be allowed to attend Royal Ascot next month as part of new pilot events

12,000 spectators will be allowed to attend Royal Ascot next month as part of new pilot events

At Royal Ascot, race-goers who have rolled tickets from 2020 will be able to attend, while an allocation of general admission tickets and royal fence badges will go on sale on Fridays.

Guy Henderson, CEO of Ascot, said: “We are delighted that Royal Ascot has been accepted to play its role in the next phase of the government’s events research program. We are very much looking forward to welcoming 12,000 race drivers every day.

“Our thanks go to our industry associations, the British Horseracing Authority and the Racecourse Association, who have led the preparation of the filing with the government.”

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 wants new pilot events to assess the impact of large crowds on the spread of the virus

The government wants new pilot events to assess the impact of large crowds on the spread of the virus

COVID TEST EVENTS – RESULTS

4 fallen at World Snooker Championships, performed indoors at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield for 17 days

0 business at the Brit Awards

2 fallen at outdoor music festival in Sefton Park, Liverpool, among 5,900 people

0 fallen during the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley between Leicester City and Southampton, attended by 4,000 fans

0 fallen at the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, attended by 8,000

0 fallen at the FA Cup final between Leicester City and Chelsea, attended by 21,000

9 fallen a nightclub in Liverpool for two days without masks, attended by 6,000 people

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

The second Test series of England against New Zealand at Edgbaston is also included

England’s Summer of Sport

Main events after June 21 – the earliest date when all restrictions can be lifted:

June 11 – July 11: Football – Euro 2020 in various countries, including seven matches at Wembley

June 28 – July 11: Tennis – Wimbledon

June 23, 24 and 26: Cricket – England – Sri Lanka T20s

June 29, July 1 and 4: Cricket – England – ODI’s Sri Lanka

July 8, 10 and 13: Cricket – England v Pakistan ODI’s

July 13: Athletics – Diamond League: Anniversary Games at London Stadium

July 15-18: Golf – The Open at Royal St George’s

July 16, 18 and 20: Cricket – England v Pakistan T20s

July 17: Rugby League – Betfred Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

July 18: Formula 1 – Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone

Aug 4-Sept 14: Cricket – England v India five test series

August 6: Football – EFL season begins

August 14: Football – Premier League season begins

August 19: Cricket – Royal London Cup Final

August 21: Cricket – The Hundred women’s and men’s final

September 18: Cricket – Vitality T20 Blast Semifinals and Final

Sept 28-Oct 1: Cricket – Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s

October 3: Athletics – London Marathon

October 9: Rugby League – Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford

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