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Murrayfield to welcome back fans for PRO14 derby

Murrayfield is to become the first British stadium to welcome back fans later this month.  A lim...

Murrayfield is to become the first British stadium to welcome back fans later this month. 

A limited number of spectators will be allowed attend the Guinness PRO14 derby meeting of Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors on Friday-week (August 28).

It will be the first time since March that professional rugby in the UK will have fans present.

On Thursday, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that stadiums in the country could be open from September 14.

Numbers will be strictly limited, and physical distancing rules must be adhered to.

She added, "Some professional sports events might be arranged with spectators before then with a Scottish government agreement to test the safety of any new arrangements."

The PRO14 derby has been approved as one of those test events.

"Scottish Rugby is delighted that a limited number of spectators will be in BT Murrayfield on Friday 28th August to watch the Guinness PRO14 match between Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors," Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay said. 

"We are pleased our work with the Scottish Government will ensure that players, support staff and fans will be covered by a comprehensive event plan for everyone’s safety including physical distancing requirements.

"Scottish Rugby would like to thank Government Ministers and officials who have helped us make this happen, and our own colleagues who pulled together a robust operational plan for the match.

"We hope that our experience and learnings from a live spectator event next Friday can help all of Scottish sport, and the wider events industry restart."

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