Murrayfield to welcome 16,500 spectators for British and Irish Lions' game against Japan

This will be the first time fans will be allowed at the venue for an international game since March last year
This will be the first time fans will be allowed at the venue for an international game since March last year
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The British and Irish Lions' warm-up game against Japan to be played at Murrayfield Stadium on 26th June is set to see a return of 16,500 spectators.

The decision follows after the Scottish Government have announced to allow partial crowd with social distancing.

Managing director of The British & Irish Lions Ben Calveley is delighted with the news as the Lions are set to play their first home game since 2005. This will also be the first time fans will be allowed to enter the Murrayfield Stadium for an international game since March last year.

"We're absolutely delighted to be able to confirm today's news," said Calveley.

"It will be brilliant to see a passionate crowd back at Murrayfield for what promises to be a superb game of rugby before we embark on the Tour to South Africa.

"I am sure it will give the entire touring party an enormous boost to play this fixture in front of Lions fans.

"We are very grateful to the Scottish Government for its commitment and support to ensure this fixture would be seen by a live audience."

Following the encounter against Japan, Scotland will be heading to South Africa for a three-match Test series with the first two matches to be played on 24th and 27th July while the third and final game has been scheduled on 7th August.

 

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