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Stadium use from October
Posted by: covkid53 (IP Logged)
Date: 17 July, 2020 14:11

Given Boris Johnson's hope for stadiums to have fans back inside in October. Wouldn't it be a good idea to leave every other seat unoccupied with an offset each row, to ensure seats are a as socially distanced as possible ?

In Wasps case, It would limit the Ricoh to 16,000 but a small price to pay until the pandemic is under control ?

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: neils (IP Logged)
Date: 17 July, 2020 14:51

Trial it by only letting STH in spaced out - many are family groups.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: ukms (IP Logged)
Date: 17 July, 2020 17:53

Quote:
covkid53
Given Boris Johnson's hope for stadiums to have fans back inside in October. Wouldn't it be a good idea to leave every other seat unoccupied with an offset each row, to ensure seats are a as socially distanced as possible ?
In Wasps case, It would limit the Ricoh to 16,000 but a small price to pay until the pandemic is under control ?

We do have one of few stadiums where distancing can be implemented without a huge restriction on numbers.

I havenít seen any new rules (if there are any yet) but what you describe sounds a good plan although families with young kids might cause a blip but im sure it could be worked out. The other thing that has to be considered is entering and leaving but again Iím sure it can be worked out.

One of the issues that will arise from this will be STH losing long standing allocations of seats but this is unavoidable.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: Matt82 (IP Logged)
Date: 17 July, 2020 22:11

Find it really strange that cricket, horse racing and even snooker are being used as test events yet rugby isnít

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: neils (IP Logged)
Date: 18 July, 2020 07:45

Not strange. A stadium, an open space and an indoor hall. Sensible in August with time to evaluate.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: Matt82 (IP Logged)
Date: 18 July, 2020 08:43

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neils
Not strange. A stadium, an open space and an indoor hall. Sensible in August with time to evaluate.

You not think itís more sensible to test run rugby than cricket? Depending on what cricket they test you get a fraction of the people

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: neils (IP Logged)
Date: 18 July, 2020 08:55

Yes you test with smaller crowds seems eminent sense to me. Also these appear to be already arranged items. All rugby has done is publish possible dates.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: WONKYWASP1 (IP Logged)
Date: 18 July, 2020 12:18

Maybe the answer is actually in the structure of the game itself. ie rugby relies to a large extent on physical contact and the others don't.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 22 July, 2020 08:15

How do you maintain social distancing in a stadium if the person sat in the middle of a row wants to nip to the loo during the game?

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: neils (IP Logged)
Date: 22 July, 2020 08:33

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shendy
How do you maintain social distancing in a stadium if the person sat in the middle of a row wants to nip to the loo during the game?

They wear a mask like you would in a shop. Doesn't seem to be a problem in pubs!

Or give everyone an empty 2litre bottle - like we used to do with Newky Brown bottles at internationals.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: Buzzboy (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 12:39

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shendy
How do you maintain social distancing in a stadium if the person sat in the middle of a row wants to nip to the loo during the game?

Maybe people will not make the interminable trips to the bar and bring back multiple pints of beer that only then need them to visit the toilets again. No problem with drinking, myself, but some people do seem to treat a rugby match excuse to drink much as they can at the expense of other peoples enjoyment. Probably worse at Twickenham to be honest. Itís impossible to socially distance if somebodyís rubbing past your legs as they walk along the aisle.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: poplarside (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 16:44

Very true Buzzboy. These people also turn-up at the seating area after kick-off, can't work out where their seat is so stand in everyone's way while having a chat about it, go back and forth to Bar/Toilets all game as you say then leave 10 minutes before the end with the game evenly balanced at 15-all.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: Heathen (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 22:39

Covkid - In Wasps case, It would limit the Ricoh to 16,000 but a small price to pay until the pandemic is under control ?

No, it would be 8,000 max. Empty seat either side and an empty row in front and behind. (Obviously exceptions for family groups).

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: neils (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 22:56

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Heathen
Covkid - In Wasps case, It would limit the Ricoh to 16,000 but a small price to pay until the pandemic is under control ?
No, it would be 8,000 max. Empty seat either side and an empty row in front and behind. (Obviously exceptions for family groups).

I thought the most recent suggestion from Gov was to a maximum of 33% of the licensed capacity providing circulation areas could be adapted - we have modern design concourses with "football" divider roller shutters so should be easier than traditional rugby grounds.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: Heathen (IP Logged)
Date: 28 July, 2020 12:18

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neils
Quote:
Heathen
Covkid - In Wasps case, It would limit the Ricoh to 16,000 but a small price to pay until the pandemic is under control ?
No, it would be 8,000 max. Empty seat either side and an empty row in front and behind. (Obviously exceptions for family groups).

I thought the most recent suggestion from Gov was to a maximum of 33% of the licensed capacity providing circulation areas could be adapted - we have modern design concourses with "football" divider roller shutters so should be easier than traditional rugby grounds.

Neils, agreed but note the maximum caveat. If safe distancing could be achieved , we potentially could accomodate 1/3 of 32,609 which is 10,869.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: SimonG19 (IP Logged)
Date: 28 July, 2020 14:30

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neils
Trial it by only letting STH in spaced out - many are family groups.

I thought you needed to be spaced out to watch Wasps long before we had a pandemic smiling smiley

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: ukms (IP Logged)
Date: 28 July, 2020 14:37

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SimonG19
Quote:
neils
Trial it by only letting STH in spaced out - many are family groups.

I thought you needed to be spaced out to watch Wasps long before we had a pandemic smiling smiley

smoking smiley

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: kentwasp1 (IP Logged)
Date: 30 July, 2020 14:26

Is going to be a pretty sterile environment methinks

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: neils (IP Logged)
Date: 30 July, 2020 14:37

Better sterile than dead.

Re: Stadium use from October
Posted by: Matt82 (IP Logged)
Date: 03 August, 2020 20:57

Bobby Bridge reporting we could be used as a pilot venue for getting fans back along with Bristol. Makes sense given the size of the stadiums. Fingers bloody crossed!

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