Fans set to return to pilot football and cricket events in Wales
Pilot test events will take place in Wales over the next month as sporting fixtures in the country prepare to welcome supporters again.
A Welsh government update on Tuesday confirmed plans for the Newport, Swansea and Glamorgan games to be played in front of fans over the next four weeks.
The Wales national team will also have the chance to play with spectators at the Cardiff City Stadium in their European Championship warm-up match with Albania on 5 June.
“The Welsh government is working with partners on the delivery of pilot test events which will develop processes and guidelines that will enable the safe return of events to Wales,” read a statement.
“Running a safe and successful test events program will hopefully allow larger gatherings to return to stadiums, theaters and other venues in Wales later this year.”
Newport welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that they would be able to host fans for their next first leg of the Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final first leg against Forest Green at Rodney Parade on May 18.
Four days later, Swansea will host Barnsley in the second leg of their Championship semi-final at Liberty Stadium, with supporters ready to attend.
Up to 1000 spectators will be allowed into Sophia Gardens to watch Glamorgan and Lancashire fight between June 3-6 in the LV = Insurance County Championship before fans can get behind the Country of Wales national team. Wales ahead of the Euros this summer.
Acting boss Rob Page has three warm-up matches before the tournament begins and the clash with Albania at Cardiff City Stadium on June 5 will now be played in front of 4,000 fans.
Mark Drakeford, Premier of Wales, said: “It has been a long and difficult 18 months for the events industry in Wales – for event owners, those who depend on the sector for the work – and for those longing to see the return of live events in Wales.
‘As we seek to lift the coronavirus restrictions in Wales, we have worked closely with event planners to establish a list of pilot test events that take into account a range of locations and types different events.
“This work brings us one step closer to a return to events in Wales, I would like to thank these event planners, local authorities and health boards for their commitment to work with us and wish them well for the summer .