Wembley to be allowed at least 60,000 fans for Euro 2020 semi-finals and final

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Wembley Stadium for England's Euro 2020 Group D fixture against CroatiaWembley has hosted 22,500 fans - 25% of its capacity - for England's Group D games at Euro 2020
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The crowd capacity at Wembley will be raised to more than 60,000 for the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, says the UK government.

It means the stadium will be at 75% capacity for the games.

The increase will also see the largest crowds assembled for a sporting event in the UK in more than 15 months.

"It is great news that so many fans will be able to watch the final three matches of Euro 2020 at Wembley," said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

The UK government has postponed lifting all restrictions until 19 July but the game at Wembley, along with other sporting events, is being allowed extra crowd capacity under its Events Research Programme.

There was speculation the three games could be moved from London to Budapest if VIPs were not given an exemption to England's strict quarantine rules, and talks on that issue are continuing.

"This tournament has been a beacon of hope to reassure people that we are returning to a more normal way of life and this is a further step along that road," added Ceferin.

"I am grateful to the prime minister and the UK government for their hard work in finalising these arrangements with us, to make the tournament final stages a great success in Wembley."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: "As we continue to make progress on our roadmap out of lockdown, keeping the public safe remains our top priority.

"We have worked extremely closely with Uefa and the Football Association to ensure rigorous and tight public health measures are in place whilst allowing more fans to see the action live.

"The finals promise to be an unforgettable moment in our national recovery from the pandemic."

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