Trafalgar Square in London is set to be one of UEFA’s fan parks and hold 12,500 English fans for the Euro league final, according to reports. The plan includes all three England group games to be screened in the public square, if the Greater London Authority (GLA) plans are approved. The most glorious 24-team tournament will take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.
It is learnt that Greenwich Park was supposed to be the official fan park, had the tournament been able to go ahead as scheduled last year. Reports claim that discussions of plans for the fan park began in August 2020 with Westminster City Council. Aside from Trafalgar Square, Potters Fields Park, near City Hall and Tower Bridge, is also being considered for a football ticket Euro 2020 fan park.
Tickets for Trafalgar Square is said to be allocated by public ballot rather than sold, while health protocols will be observed. If given the green light, Trafalgar Square will be able to house up to 12,500 people during the Euros. However, it is highly unlikely for England’s first two games as social distancing measures still in place while transitioning to “step 4” of UK’s roadmap out of lockdown on June 21.
It is learnt that the roadmap out of lockdown in England is set to allow grassroots outdoor sport to resume starting this week, while the third step of the easing of restrictions on 17 May at the earliest would allow stadia to open with a 25 per cent capacity limit, up to a maximum of 10,000 spectators. The UK government expects to lift all restrictions on social distancing rules that time.
There are also outline proposals for screens to show a ‘victory parade’ should England win the tournament. The plans have been submitted by the GLA and will be considered by Westminster Council later this month. Earlier, the Football Association (FA) has guaranteed UEFA that there will be 22,500 fans present at Wembley for all three of England’s group matches.
Earlier this month, the FA has revealed that there will be a series of pilot events at Wembley, including the FA Cup semifinal match between Leicester and Southampton on April 18 (4,000 fans), the English League Cup final between Tottenham and Manchester City on April 25 (8,000 fans) and the FA Cup final on May 15 (21,000 fans), to assess procedures for testing on spectators and visitors.
Nine of the twelve original host nations have already guaranteed the presence of fans to stadiums for the tournament, while only 3 remaining cities remain undecided on the fate of spectators for the event as surge in coronavirus infections has been reported. The UEFA have these remaining host cities until April 19 to come up with further details of their plans.
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