Glorious Goodwood to welcome 5,000 spectators in new trial

Glorious Goodwood and the World Snooker Championship will both have spectators watching live as part of a Government-backed trial.

The sports fixtures are pilot events for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims for fans to return to stadia from October 1.

As a result of his speech on Friday morning, the card on August 1 at the Qatar Goodwood Festival is permitted to have a crowd of 5,000 people in attendance.

"This event will be a pilot to implement new safety protocols developed by DCMS, the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) and racing to implement new safety protocols to allow elite sporting venues to welcome back spectators," said a racecourse spokesperson.

"An event for 5,000 people, plus participants, has been designed for the safety of all participants and racegoers.

"Attendance will initially be offered to Goodwood Racecourse Annual Members and their guests.

"The day will be carefully planned in conjunction with the local government and other relevant bodies to ensure that the event carries minimal risk to attendees and the local community.

"The sport recognises the continued support of racehorse owners through this extremely challenging period and as part of the pilot, new initiatives which may increase the number of owners on course and increase the level of hospitality offered will be trialled."

The World Snooker Championships begin on July 31 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, with Goodwood's pilot card the last of five days at its summer festival.

Racecourse Association chief executive David Armstrong said: “We welcome the fact that horse racing is to be selected as one of the pilot events to welcome back crowds and my team and I acknowledge the great responsibility upon us.

“The safety protocols involved will be stringent and the Goodwood Racecourse team are in a fantastic place to implement them.

"The sport has come together to offer support to ensure the pilot event provides us with sufficient learnings that others may follow in time.

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"These learnings will allow us to draft industry-wide protocols for the wider scale return of crowds as soon as we are able.

“Crowds bring a wonderful atmosphere to a raceday and many businesses associated with racecourses are reliant upon them. I sincerely hope that all involved enjoy their day – our focus now turns to supporting the Goodwood team in what is a landmark day for the sport.”

The number of spectators that will be allowed into the Crucible for the snooker has not yet been confirmed, but it is expected to be a lot less than the capacity of around 1,000.

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