An England cricket test match and Royal Ascot horse racing are among the upcoming pilot events to test the return of crowds to sporting venues.
The second Test of the men’s series against New Zealand, which kicks off June 10 in Edgbaston, will be allowed to have over 18,000 fans each day.
And Royal Ascot, which runs from June 15 to 19, will be allowed to accommodate 12,000 spectators each day.
This is more than double what the race meeting expected.
England’s first two group matches at Euro 2020 will also be part of the next stage of the pilot project, as has already been reported, with 20,000 fans allowed at Wembley.
Under current government guidelines, up to 10,000 spectators, but no more than 25% of capacity, are allowed in stadiums, while for non-seated outdoor venues like racetracks, the current cap is 4,000.
Edgbaston, the home of Warwickshire, has a capacity of 25,000 people while Ascot can accommodate up to 70,000 people.
All Edgbaston ticket holders must be at least 16 years old and will be required to present a negative NHS side flow test completed within the previous 24 hours.
“The return of the crowds to the cricket grounds is very important for the game and for our fans too,” said Tom Harrison, Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board.
“The past 15 months have shown just how important cricket plays in the lives of so many people, and we look forward to welcoming more and more fans to our stadiums in the coming months. ”
Warwickshire Managing Director Stuart Cain said: “Edgbaston is unique as a cricket venue having such a large stadium footprint, but we also have a very experienced operational delivery team, which has hosted many major events. and a spectator pilot last summer.
“We have always been hopeful of being in the pilot program and are delighted with the thousands of ticket holders who will now be able to attend. “
A statement from Royal Ascot, which was held behind closed doors last year, said the requirements for visitors to the racetrack “remain a work in progress.”
Anyone who has postponed their 2020 bookings can now attend and an allocation of Royal Enclosure badges and Queen Anne tickets (general admission) will go on sale on Friday.
Julie Harrington, Managing Director of the British Horseracing Authority, said it was “an opportunity to demonstrate how races are perfectly suited to safely accommodate larger numbers of spectators”.
Spectators have been allowed to return to the stadiums in reduced numbers since the last phase of the lockdown easing on May 17.
In the Premier League, clubs were allowed up to 10,000 fans inside the pitch for the last two rounds of matches.
The previous round of pilot events for larger crowds was considered a success by the government, with 15 positive Covid cases recorded from a series of events that involved more than 58,000 people in April and May .
There were around 20,000 fans at the FA Cup final at Wembley, while the World Snooker Championship final was the first sporting event for over a year to have a capacity crowd le 3 mai.