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How is Wembley Stadium Keeping Football Fans Safe? 

07 July 2021
 

UK's Wembley Stadium has played host to several Euro 2020 games so far, and will host both the semi-finals and finals of the competition, and national COVID restrictions will still apply at all of these events.

England expects to move to Step Four of lockdown restrictions on 19 July, where all legal limits on the numbers meeting indoors and outdoors will be removed. There also will be no limits on the number of people attending events and there will no longer be a legal obligation to wear a face mask.

Prior to these changes, what is UEFA doing to protect spectators at Wembley stadium?

 

Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test

 

All ticket holders aged 11 and older must show evidence of one of the following to be allowed entry to Wembley Stadium;

  • Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test.cThe test needs to be taken within 48 hours of the time stadium gates open (meaning three hours before match kick-off).
  • Proof of full vaccination - both doses received at least 14 days prior to the match.
  • Proof of natural immunity, demonstrated via your NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App.

 

Mobile Tickets and Face Masks

 

Mobile football match tickets are in operation for the Euros and face coverings must be worn upon entry to the stadium and in all indoor areas. You can take it off only when seated in view of the pitch.

 

Reduced Capacity and Security Provision

 

Wembley Stadium will host 21,500 fans for the first round of 16 matches. The capacity will increase to 50 per cent for the second round of 16 matches, and to 75 per cent for the semi-finals and final.

It is believed that Wembley Stadium's security is provided by various suppliers, including Knights Group Security, who provide manned security for the red sector Level 1 and Level 5.

Coventry-based event management specialist Stadium supports the venue operators with crowd management at Wembley's events, requiring 70 of Stadium’s stewarding and security staff.

 

Other Safety and Hygiene Measures at Wembley Stadium

 

 

  • Maintain distance from others where possible.
  • Wear a face covering - it has to cover your mouth and nose at all times - unless you are medically exempt. You can take it off ONLY when seated in view of the pitch.
  • Arrive at the stadium within your allocated 30-minute time slot.
  • Don’t occupy any other seat than the one on your ticket.
  • Wash and disinfect your hands frequently. You can find sanitiser stations throughout the stadium.
  • Don’t shake hands. Avoid hugs, high fives and any close contact with others.
  • Stay in your seat during half-time and limit your movements to and from your seat as much as possible. Always follow the signs indicating which way to go.
  • Don’t come to the stadium if you feel unwell or experience any symptoms of COVID-19.

Picture: a photograph of the England flag of St George.

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 07 July 2021

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