Test events bring football fans home to Wembley

7 April 2021

Wembley Stadium will host two pilot events in April as the Football Association, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Brent Council and partners work together to bring fans safely back to the National Stadium.

For the FA Cup Semi-Final, on 18 April, 4,000 tickets will be on offer to local keyworkers, many of whom are vaccinated. 8,000 spectators are expected to be able to watch the League Cup Final in person on 25 April with the same testing and safety measures in place.

A Brent Council spokesperson said: “It is right and proper that COVID safety procedures are tested thoroughly before considering whether larger numbers of fans can safely return to the stadium later in the spring and over the summer. We look forward to examining the results of the two test events in April so that any lessons can be learned ahead of the FA Cup Final on 15 May. Wembley Stadium is the spiritual home of football and a very important part of life in our borough so we are keen to see more fans return when it is safe to do so but this needs to be a gradual process based on reviewing the evidence after each test event.”

The data and learnings that the DCMS gathers will help inform planning for the Euro Football tournament in June and July.