Twickenham stadium administered more than 10,000 vaccinations in one day last month (Image: PA)
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Premiership Rugby bosses feel “let down” at being forced to reduce their capacity to 10,000 for this month’s Grand Final.
The winners of today’s semi-finals meet at Twickenham a week today where there will now be 72,000 empty seats.
The decision follows Wimbledon being told its men's and women's finals can be played in front of full capacity crowds as it is being treated as a ‘fan pilot’.
PRL's appeal to the Government, and their application to have the final included as one of the 'test events', so 20,000 could attend safely with Covid-certification, were turned down.
They have been left with no alternative but to refund all tickets purchased on general sale.
Mark Brittain, PRL's chief commercial officer, said: "The safety of everyone attending the Final is our priority, but it is frustrating that we weren’t selected on the list of events that can be part of the pilot programme.
Wimbledon's Centre Court will be full for next month's men's and women's singles finals…
…but only 10,000 will be permitted inside Twickenham for the Premiership Rugby Final on June 26
(Image: Action Images via Reuters)
"We could have welcomed 20,000 socially-distanced supporters safely to Twickenham for an unforgettable day out to watch the crowning of the champions England. We have seen that snatched away from us.
"For the fans, all the people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes and most importantly the clubs and players this is a huge blow.
“We have continued to push, but along with many other sporting and non-sporting events we have been let down. "