Wimbledon chiefs confident of increasing capacity beyond 25 percent minimum

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With Wimbledon set to throw open its doors in just 40 days, organisers are hoping they will be able to operate at more than 25 per cent spectator capacity.

Amid the covid pandemic, the All England Club revealed in April that they were expecting to accommodate at least a quarter of the usual number of fans but that they hoped more tickets would go on sale in June if restrictions continued to be eased by the government.

The AELTC said on Tuesday: “While the health and safety of all our guests remains our highest priority, further to the stage-three relaxation of restrictions and early positive indications from the Event Research Programme, we are confident that we will be able to increase our ticketing capacities for the Championships this year beyond the minimum 25 per cent position we set out last month.

“This confidence is based in particular on the reintroduction of the rule of six indoors in restaurant settings from May 17, and early indications that stage four guidance could include similar relaxations of the guidance for sports stadia.

“However, we also understand that there remains much discussion amongst Government and public-health authorities on this topic in light of the Indian variant, and we are committed to remaining flexible in our approach so that we are able to react accordingly.

“For this reason, we are continuing to leave confirming our ticketing capacities until as late as possible, with all tickets to be made available via an online sale, which we anticipate commencing in mid-June.”

Additional reporting: PA

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