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Roland Garros to allow fans into grounds

andrewhendrie in French Open 14 Jul 2020
Roland Garros Fans
Roland Garros (Photo Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)


Roland Garros is aiming to push forward by allowing fans to attend their Grand Slam, currently scheduled to begin on September 27.

While the US Open is taking place behind closed doors, starting on August 31, the FFT have announced fans – at this stage – will have the chance to attend Roland Garros in Paris.

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The FFT will make tickets for Roland Garros available on July 9 (FFT-licensed club members) and then a week later for the general public.

In a statement, the FFT say they want between 50 to 60 percent capacity around the grounds.

“The FFT will adapt the way spectators move around inside the stadium in order to ensure that the barrier measures and social distancing are respected,” a statement read.

“Though we recommend wearing a mask in the vicinity of the stadium and whenever you are standing or sitting still inside the grounds (in the stands), any spectators moving around the 12-hectare site of Roland-Garros stadium will be obliged to wear a mask.”

A maximum group of four will be permitted to sit together on the three main courts (Philippe-Chatrier, Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne-Mathieu), with a seat remaining empty between clusters of people.

On the outside courts, every other seat will be out of out of bounds, but spectators will be allowed to sit in any available seats.

The FFT also stated that fans moving around the complex will be required to wear a mask.

“The FFT will adapt the way spectators move around inside the stadium in order to ensure that the barrier measures and social distancing are respected,” the statement continues.

“Though we recommend wearing a mask in the vicinity of the stadium and whenever you are standing or sitting still inside the grounds (in the stands), any spectators moving around the 12-hectare site of Roland-Garros stadium will be obliged to wear a mask.

“The layout of the various spaces will be adapted according to the current health guidelines, namely to ensure social distancing is respected. Finally, the cleaning and disinfecting of the various areas will be stepped up and distributers of hydroalcoholic solution will be installed.”