Wembley is expected to host a capacity of 65,000 fans for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final, as an agreement is neared between the government and UEFA.
The national stadium had originally been scheduled to be at around half of its 90,000 capacity for the conclusion of the tournament, though talks between European football’s governing body and the UK government close to being finalised for an increase to that number.
According to the Times, Wembley will be permitted to be around three-quarters full for the fixtures, provided fans have proof of double vaccinations or a negative test prior to attendance.
There had been concerns over whether the tournament’s decisive fixtures would be taken away from England amid coronavirus regulations, with prime minister Boris Johnson having been unwilling to remove quarantine rules for around 2,500 UEFA VIPs to travel into the UK.
Johnson had been concerned over a public backlash had an exemption been made at UEFA’s request, given the decision from the government to move the date of all restrictions being lifted from June 21 to July 19.
Quarantine restrictions are however set to be lifted for a number of UEFA VIPs, though the overseas visitors arriving for the final will have to remain in a secure bubble.
There had also been concerns, notably from Italian prime minister Mario Draghi, over Britain’s rising coronavirus cases, though an agreement now appears close to being reached for the semi-finals and final to be staged at Wembley as originally planned with an increased capacity.