Murrayfield gets green-light to host fans next weekend

It will be the first professional rugby match in the UK to welcome spectators since the Covid-19 lockdown in March

Murrayfield will be the first venue to welcome fans for a professional rugby match since the Covid lockdown came into force in March. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Murrayfield will be the first venue to welcome fans for a professional rugby match since the Covid lockdown came into force in March. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

MURRAYFIELD has been given the green-light by the Scottish Government to host fans during next Friday night’s Edinburgh versus Glasgow Warriors match. It will be the first professional rugby match in the UK, and the first professional sporting event of any kind in Scotland, to welcome spectators since the Covid-19 lockdown in March.

It is understood that around 700 spectators is likely, with a further 300 players, coaches, support and security staff taking up the total number of people at the venue to around 1,000.

The fixture is designated as an Edinburgh Rugby home match and ticketing information will be issued by the club early next week.


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“Scottish Rugby is delighted that a limited number of spectators will be in BT Murrayfield on Friday 28th August to watch the Guinness PRO14 match between Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors,” said Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay.

“We are pleased our work with the Scottish Government will ensure that players, support staff and fans will be covered by a comprehensive event plan for everyone’s safety including physical distancing requirements.

“Scottish Rugby would like to thank Government Ministers and officials who have helped us make this happen, and our own colleagues who pulled together a robust operational plan for the match.

“We hope that our experience and learnings from a live spectator event next Friday can help all of Scottish sport, and the wider events industry restart.”


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4 Comments

  1. Get it done. Good on SRU for dealing with Government to be at the head of the queue.

    Let’s just make it work. End of.

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