Wimbledon plans to admit 10,000 daily viewers, eliminate the queue and expand

Encouraged by the determination with which the Australian Open has organized the first Grand Slam of the season (with 30,000 spectators per day), Wimbledon organizers are now considering the possibility of the tournament having an audience for its 2021 edition. As reported exclusively by the British newspaper Daily Mail, the All England Tennis Club sent a letter to the residents of the area to inform them about the possible scenarios who are studying for the event, which are three: not limiting the entry of fans, reducing their presence or playing behind closed doors.

In the second case, Wimbledon would be studying the possibility of admitting 10,000 daily fans, eliminating the famous queue to comply with the social distance rule and expanding its field to use the parking and recreation area of ​​the golf course attached to the club. What is clear is that the event, unlike in 2020, will be held in one way or another on the scheduled dates, from June 28 to July 11.

“Most of our planning focus is currently on the option of a reduced capacity Championship and how that would affect each stakeholder group, but we are not yet in a position to rule out any of the other scenarios, “explains the Wimbledon letter, warning that” the tournament fortnight will likely be very different this year. ”

Permanent expansion

Part of that will involve a request to close 750 meters of the Church Road, which divides the main facilities and the golf course from Wimbledon Park. which the All England Club acquired in full at the end of 2018. Only emergency vehicles could pass through there. This idea would continue in the future, with the possibility of building a tunnel for traffic or converting that part into pedestrian only for the duration of the tournament, as was done in the 2012 Olympic Games.