The Football Association has guaranteed UEFA that there will be 22,500 fans at Wembley for England’s three group matches for Euro 2020.
That’s double the number of spectators allowed in the government’s roadmap outside the COVID lockdown, but English football’s home matches will have special status in test events.
The figure, which represents 25% of Wembley’s capacity, was confirmed to UEFA ahead of a meeting of the 12 host cities on Thursday.
A final plan for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley was not provided by the FA, but the deadline was extended by UEFA to maximize attendance.
The Times says the goal is to reach 50 percent capacity, or 45,000 in the case of Wembley.
Sporting events can accommodate 10,000 spectators from May 17, and restrictions will be further relaxed after June 21.
England’s Group D matches of the rescheduled final are against Croatia on June 13, Scotland on June 18 and the Czech Republic on June 22, however, the final group match is still set at 25% of capacity.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Federation has confirmed to European football’s governing body that it will have 25% capacity for all four matches at Hampden Park, or just under 13,000 seats.
The meeting learned that England and several other host sites are planning fans to take lateral flow tests the day before matches, or possibly provide proof of vaccination.
Scottish fans who have not had a chance to purchase tickets since the country qualified through the play-offs will have a window to purchase them through the Scottish FA in early May.
It is understood that there will likely be 3600 tickets reserved for their fans for the group match against England, or 16% of the total capacity,
A ballot will take place at around the same time to decide which of the existing ticket holders can still attend – those who miss their participation will receive a full refund.
It is also expected that teams and officials will be exempt from any quarantine restrictions in effect in any country if they stay in bubbles, eat only in the hotel and only use authorized means of transport.
A decision on whether any of the 12 host cities will lose their matches due to the ability to provide guarantees from UEFA supporters present is expected on April 19.
Dublin is most at risk, with its matches likely to be sent to England, potentially northern England rather than London and Scotland.
Bilbao matches are also at risk due to requests from local authorities, but the Spanish federation has indicated that it will seek to organize these matches elsewhere in Spain.
Rome and Munich have yet to provide guarantees from the central government on a minimum capacity of 25 percent of the stadium. It is understood that UEFA is convinced that these will be guaranteed.