The Herald on Sunday

The Open set to welcome fans

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THE OPEN will admit up to 32,000 spectators each competitio­n day at this year’s championsh­ip, organisers have announced.

There had been uncertaint­y over the capacity for next month’s event at Royal St George’s in Kent after the UK Government announced that existing Covid-19 restrictio­ns would remain in place until July 19. The tournament, which is returning to the calendar this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, ends on July 18.

It has now been confirmed

The Open will be included in the Government’s “Events Research Programme”, which will enable a number of events to take place with higher capacities than present guidance permits.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, said: “We are pleased to now be able to proceed with our plans for having a significan­t attendance at this year’s Championsh­ip. These fans will play a huge role in creating a very special atmosphere as the world’s best players compete for the Claret Jug.”

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