WEMBLEY hosts this weekend’s FA Cup final as Leicester look to win the world’s oldest cup competition for the first time.
The Foxes go up against Chelsea in an all-Premier League clash at the Home of Football – and in a huge boost for both teams, some fans are allowed to attend.
Leicester are chasing their first ever FA Cup triumphCredit: PA
How many fans can attend FA Cup final?
Wembley has a total capacity of 90,000 and usually would have been packed with around 35,000 fans from each side.
In the current climate that was always a long-shot, but the stands in the capital are set to be close to normal on Saturday.
A total of 21,000 supporters will be able to attend the game, albeit with a number of key differences to a normal matchday.
This involves fans taking a Covid-19 test two or three days prior to the match, then another lateral flow test on the day of the match.
Fans were allowed to attend the Carabao Cup final between Man City and Tottenham, although Wembley that day was at 8,000 capacity.
Man City fans celebrate their Carabao Cup triumph last monthCredit: Getty
It is part of a wider programme to introduce crowds back, which include snooker, comedy, film and business events.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our sports stars and great performers need us to find ways to get bums back on seats safely.
“This science-led pilot programme will be the springboard in getting the buzz back of live performance.
“We’ve supported the sports and arts with unprecedented sums, but it’s now time to make that Great British Summer of live events a reality.”
After May 17, up to 10,000 fans or 25 per cent of a stadium’s capacity will be allowed to attend Premier League games.
How can I watch FA Cup final?
- This season’s FA Cup final is being shown on free-to-air TV in the UK.
- The game at Wembley will kick-off at 5.15pm on Saturday, May 15.
- BBC ONE will show the game in it’s entirety, with streaming available on the BBC iPlayer.
- BT Sport will also be showing the match, if you want a change of commentary team.
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