Wimbledon finals to be played in front of capacity stadium after change in guidelines

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Wimbledon officials are preparing to welcome bigger than expected crowds to the All England Club, after a change in government guidelines on Covid-19 restrictions.

While Boris Johnson’s government has delayed the full reopening in England that had been planned for June 21, Wimbledon chiefs have confirmed they will be allowed to welcome bigger crowds for this year’s Championships.

Plans were in place for 25 per-cent capacity crowds, but that has now been doubled, with finals weekend set to be played in front of a full crowd on Centre Court.

“We welcome the announcements from the Prime Minister and Culture Secretary that a number of events, including The Championships 2021, will be able to take place with higher spectator capacities than the current Step 3 guidance as part of the next phase of the Government’s Event Research Programme,” read a Wimbledon 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 per cent 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.

“We are continuing to work closely with the Government to finalise the details of our participation in the Event Research Programme, including the requirements for Covid-status certification for spectators. We will be issuing a further update on Wednesday 16 June to confirm these details.”

There is expected to be a sale of tickets on the internet to distribute tickets, with the boost in revenue for British tennis set to be substantial after a huge dip in funds following the postponement of Wimbledon last summer.

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