Wembley will host 60,000 fans for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, the government has confirmed. The new levels mean the stadium will be at 75 per cent capacity for the final three games, which conclude with the final itself on 11 July.
The current capacity limit is 25 per cent of Wembley’s 90,000 total, meaning up to 22,500 fans attended England’s group games against Croatia and Scotland, and the same number will watch England take on Czech Republic tonight.
There had been doubts over whether that figure could be increased after the government pushed back its plans to end lockdown measures on 21 June citing an increase in the rate of coronavirus infection in the UK. However, the government has stepped in to confirm there will be a significantly increased number of fans attending the Euros’ concluding matches.
Uefa had stressed on Tuesday there were no plans to take the semi-finals or final away from Wembley despite the stumbling block quarantine-free travel and president Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the news of increased capacity.
“It is great news that so many fans will be able to watch the final three matches of Euro 2020 at Wembley,” he said. “The last 18 months have taught us – both on and off the pitch – how integral fans are to the fabric of the game.
“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.”
Additional reporting by PA
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