The UK federal government is eager to expand the scope of its experiment for the return of fans to arenas and is said to be open to allowing Wembley to utilise its full 90,000 capacity for this summer’s European Championship. Supporters have being gradually reintroduced to stadiums around the country, with the FA Cup semi-final and final serving as special trial events, in addition to each Premier League team hosting about 10,000 fans for their last home video game of the season.
These trial events have also included larger cultural events such as the Brit Awards, the World Snooker Championships, and even a London nightclub, and as stated by the Evening Standard, just 15 positive instances of COVID-19 have been linked to the 58,000 persons who attended the events.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that the federal government now intends to hold larger test events at prominent sites, and the paper notes that Wembley has been designated as a facility capable of hosting a large audience. It has been proposed that Wembley’s Euro 2016 games might be played in front of the whole 90,000-strong crowd even before the federal government relaxes its social distancing laws on 21 June – if all goes according to plan prior to that date.
Wembley has already confirmed that it is capable of accommodating a minimum of 22,500 supporters, but the FA intends to continue conversations with the government about boosting that figure ahead of the deadline for verifying its overall capacity in early June.
The stadium will host England’s last three group stage matches against Croatia (13 June), Scotland (18 June), and the Czech Republic (22 June), before ramping up its involvement in the knockout stages.