Scottish Rugby targets 25,000 at Murrayfield for Six Nations

A proposal to allow 5,000 to attend the 1872 Cup clash between Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors on 2nd January has been submitted to the Scottish Government

Scottish Rugby are hoping to be allowed crowds of 25,000 for their three Six Nations matches this season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scottish Rugby are hoping to be allowed crowds of 25,000 for their three Six Nations matches this season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTTISH RUGBY has submitted a refined proposal to the Scottish Government seeking permission to host a crowd of 5,000 at the 1872 Cup clash between Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield on 2nd January, followed by 10,000 at a yet to be specified pro-club game later in that month, with the target of 25,000 at each of Scotland’s home games in the Six Nations against Wales on 13th February, Ireland on 14th March and Italy on 20th March.

“With the present restrictions in the city of Glasgow, it will not be possible to welcome spectators back to Scotstoun, but we will continue to monitor the picture there and work closely with Government and our partners at Glasgow Life,” explained Chief Operating Officer Dominic McKay in a club communication yesterday evening.

“This follows the documents submitted last week in collaboration with Active Scotland and other sport CMOs, outlining how to safely increase attendance at outdoor sporting events in Scotland.”

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson said after Thursday’s AGM [part2.1] that he thinks it is unlikely that the Six Nations will be pushed back until later in the year in order to increase the likelihood of bigger crowds being permitted.

“It’s very difficult to try and move the Six Nations in a calendar which is already full,” he explained. “You can’t just pick it up and put it down somewhere else, because wherever you put it down it has an effect on the rest of the season, and especially with the French and English club and their relationship with their Unions. It is something which is much more difficult than it may at first seem.”


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2 Comments

  1. Personally, every Friday and Saturday I target winning the Euromillions and then the national lottery.

  2. Could they maybe start by targeting youth regional modified contact rugby being played from January… I mean I know someone has to pay the wages but the future of the grassroots are at stake here.

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