The Football Association and UK supporters must wait until June to find out whether an increased capacity of 45,000 can attend the European Championship semi-finals and final at Wembley.
UEFA and the FA have agreed to allow more time to analyze the results of recent stadium tests, including the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, which 8,000 spectators have been allowed to attend as coronavirus lockdown measures are relaxed.
A deadline of Wednesday April 28 had been set for a decision on the capacity increase, but it was extended until a few days before the start of the tournament and weeks before the scheduling of the matches themselves.
The FA have already informed UEFA that they expect Wembley to be a quarter full with 22,500 spectators for each of England’s group matches, the first of which will take place on June 13 against Croatia, and the last draw of the last 16 was recently transferred from Dublin.
But the governing body remains hopeful that there will be many more to reach the semi-capacity, 45,000, for the semi-finals and the final.
An independent research program is currently analyzing the results of the two pilot events which saw fans at Wembley, which also included 4,000 people watching Leicester’s FA Cup semi-final with Southampton.
While the prevailing feeling is that both events went smoothly, the analysis looks at questions such as whether the flow of spectators around the stadium and halls worked effectively with social distancing measures. , whether the numbers of police and stewards were effective and how the traffic situation evolved around. the stadium, especially in public transport.
Once the research is completed, the independent research program will report directly to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, who will then discuss what is possible in terms of spectator numbers with the FA, who in turn will inform the ‘UEFA number of fans who can attend. the last three matches of the rescheduled Euro 2020.
However, the government’s assessment of the national situation of the coronavirus pandemic in June will be just as important and how the roadmap to exit the lockdown is progressing. The final decision on spectator numbers will rest with the government, and the easing of lockdown measures are expected to be revised again before May 17.