BREAKING NEWS: The race at Lingfield Park is the first sporting event in the UK to host fans on December 2nd since March. 1,000 boxing fans will watch Anthony Joshua defend his world title against Kubrat Pulev at the O2 on December 12th
- A limited number of fans can participate in sporting events in the Level 1 and 2 areas
- The Lingfield race will be the first fanatic sporting event in the UK since March
- 1,000 fans can also watch Anthony Joshua defend his world title next month
- Barry Hearn will wait for details before selling Darts World Championship tickets
- Some Premier League clubs can also welcome fans again this coming weekend
The race at Lingfield Park will be the first competitive sporting event in the UK to have fans since March next Wednesday. According to the announcement on December 12th, 1,000 boxing fans will be able to watch Anthony Joshua's world title defense against Kubrat Pulev in the Wembley Arena of a new regional tier system today.
Surrey has been rated Tier 2 so a limited number of spectators can watch the races at Lingfield Park on December 2nd. Tickets are expected to go on sale later today or Friday when they are ready to welcome fans back.
London has also been ranked Tier 2, so a limited number of boxing fans can watch Joshua's first fight in a year when he hits the line against Pulev in the capital next month.
Lingfield Park Racecourse will be the first sporting event where fans are welcome again
1,000 fans can take part in Anthony Joshua's fight with Kubrat Pulev on December 12th
The heavyweight champion puts his belt on the line at Wembley Arena in London – which is in Tier 2
Boxing and other top-class sports, including darts, rugby and horse racing, can now welcome spectators back – which for many will mark the first time the coronavirus pandemic has struck the UK and forced its first national lockdown in March – when the events They are listed at levels 1 or 2 in areas across England. Fans cannot participate in sporting events in Tier 3 locations.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced in the House of Commons on Thursday the level of each area of England under the new regional restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, which will come into effect on Wednesday December 2nd – this weekend's The Great Heavyweight bout between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce in London will continue to take place behind closed doors.
The government had already announced that for the first time in more than eight months, elite sporting events would be allowed to accept spectators if they were located in areas with low infection rates.
According to the rules, which come into force after the end of the last phase of the national lockdown, events in Tier 1 areas are allowed up to 4,000 fans for outdoor events, in Tier 2 areas up to 2,000, but no supporters are allowed at events of the third level.
If the capacity of the sports facilities does not exceed the maximum number of spectators set by the tier system, they can of course reach up to 50 percent of full capacity, provided social distancing and other measures can be maintained.
Other race meetings on December 2nd in Haydock, Ludlow and Kempton Park should also accommodate spectators as they are all located in Tier 2 areas.
Matt Hancock announced on Thursday what tier each area of England was placed in
Barry Hearn told Sportsmail that he would wait for more information before putting tickets on sale for this year's World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace – which is usually sold out
Which events can sports fans participate in?
According to the new rules, a limited number of fans can participate in tier 1 and tier 2 sporting events.
Races: 2,000 fans can watch the races at Lingfield Park, Haydock, Ludlow and Kempton Park
Boxing: 1,000 boxing fans get to see Billy Joe Saunders versus Martin Murray at Wembley Arena
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Rugby: England will play in the Autumn Nations Cup in Twickenham this coming weekend. Up to 2,000 supporters could take part.
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Boxing: 1,000 spectators can watch Anthony Joshua's world title defense against Kubrat Pulev under the new rules.
Darts: Barry Hearn has said he is waiting to find out more details before putting tickets on sale for this year's World Darts Championship. According to the new rules and the current placements, 1,000 fans could enter the Alexandra Palace.
A Haydock spokesman said Sportsmail: & # 39; Hopefully we can have fans again on December 2nd and that would be great. We are closely reviewing the guidelines and will make an announcement shortly. & # 39;
The World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace, which will be held in December and January, have become a staple of the sport over the Christmas season, but PDC Chairman Barry Hearn told Sportsmail he is awaiting further details from the government before proceeding he offers tickets to fans for sale.
He said, “The devil is in the details and we don't know enough right now. We need to know what the restrictions are and how they affect the economic profitability of ticket sales.
“You might say we can't sell to people in Tier 3, which is where a lot of our market is. Will alcohol be allowed? To sing?
& # 39; We are prepared for the fans to come back. If they give me 1,000 I'll be overjoyed, but we're waiting for more information from the government and health officials.
“We have the AJ fight without a ticket agency, but believe me, we're standing by, waiting to press a big red button on my desk.
& # 39; But we need more. We have to do things in a healthy and safe environment and the last thing we want to do is attract something and let the fans down. & # 39;
Provided London stays in Tier 2, struggling fans can take on Billy Joe Saunder's WBO super middleweight title defense against British rival Martin Murray on December 4th at Wembley Arena.
At least 1,000 fans are also expected to attend the English Autumn Nations Cup final on December 6th in Twickenham.
However, next Friday's rugby clash between Bristol Bears and Northampton Saints has yet to be played behind closed doors as Bristol was placed in Tier 3.
Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce will clash in the heavyweight division this Saturday before the new rules go into effect – which means they have to take place behind closed doors
England plays at Twickenham on December 6th and there will be only a limited crowd in attendance