Limited fans allowed in Principality Stadium


Principality Stadium set to welcome fans back Image: Principality Stadium

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has confirmed that the Principality Stadium (UK) will welcome 8,200 fans for each of their Test matches this summer.

‘Rugby Pass’ stated that Wayne Pivac’s (Wales national team coach) Wales face Canada on July 3rd, followed by back-to-back Tests against Argentina, and they will be playing in front of a home crowd for the first time since the 2020 Guinness Six Nations (the annual rugby union competition contested by the national teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales).

The Wales national rugby union team represents Wales in men’s international rugby union. Its governing body, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), was established in 1881.

The 74,500-capacity Millennium Stadium, known since 2016 as the Principality Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is the national stadium of Wales (UK). Located in Cardiff, it is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and has also held Wales national football team games.

Cardiff (UK)-headquartered the Welsh Rugby Union is the governing body of rugby union in the country of Wales, recognized by the sport’s international governing body, World Rugby. The Welsh Rugby Union is responsible for the running of rugby in Wales, overseeing 320 member-clubs, the Welsh national team and National Leagues and Cups.

‘Rugby Pass’ further stated that this will also be part of Welsh Rugby Union’s digital ticketing strategy, and it has been announced that there will be allocation of tickets across all three games available to key workers including those on the frontline of the pandemic and the armed forces.

Steve Phillips, WRU Group CEO, said, “There is nothing like the atmosphere at Principality Stadium on matchday and I know our players are keen to get back out in front of a crowd. Opening the stadium to a reduced crowd is a positive step forward which will enable supporters to return and enjoy live international rugby once again in Wales.”

Mark Williams, Principality Stadium Manager, informed, “This has required months of complex planning, but we’re delighted to be in a position where we can finally welcome fans back into the stadium. The layout of our stadia and the public concourses determines the maximum capacity we can hold in line with Welsh Governments requirements of a two-meter social distance. With the maximum number of spectators set at 10,000 by the Welsh Government, for us, this means a maximum capacity of 8,200 fans with the required social distancing measures in place.”

Added Williams, “We’re still working through a number of factors such as phased entry and due to the limitations within the concourses we’re unable to open the internal Food & Beverage outlets to fans or serve food and beverages within our hospitality boxes. We continue to work with the Welsh Government throughout the process and collaboratively with all key stakeholders from Cardiff Council, Transport for Wales and Public Health Wales to deliver these events successfully and safely.”

Tickets went on sale to WRU Member Clubs from June 15th with a limited allocation of tickets made available per club, reflecting the reduced stadium capacity. Any remaining tickets will be offered for public sale at the end of June. All tickets will be sold in a maximum of pairs to extended household bubbles.

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