Ulster game to remain behind closed doors
Edinburgh Rugby’s final home Rainbow Cup match of the season against Ulster next Saturday (5 June) will remain behind closed doors at BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Operational preparations for hosting of the British & Irish Lions vs Japan match on 26 June - coupled with significant complexity involved in delivering the UK’s largest rugby crowd since the start of the pandemic while adhering strictly to all regulations - necessitates this to be the main focus for Scottish Rugby, as stadium operators, at this time.
Edinburgh Rugby is progressing its own planning to welcome supporters to its new stadium for the 2021-22 season.
Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Douglas Struth, said: "Obviously this update is disappointing. We’ve worked very hard with Scottish Rugby, our stadium operator, to explore the possibility of having 500 people at the Ulster game in accordance with current Level 2 restrictions. However, current Covid requirements and mitigations have made this very difficult.
“Moreover, Scottish Rugby also needed to take into account the requirements of the British & Irish Lions. By supporting Scottish Rugby in the successful delivery of that match for 16,500 fans, we hope we can all take one step further towards welcoming crowds back in significant numbers for the new season.
“This pandemic has proved repeatedly that our club is nothing without its fans, which makes this update even more disappointing. Our fans mean everything to us and we hope our actions so far during this pandemic have demonstrated that.
“While we conclude our Rainbow Cup fixtures on the pitch, Edinburgh Rugby will continue to focus on ticketing for next season in our new home and the plans for a series of events over the summer to welcome our fans back – and allow them to see our new home in person before the new season starts.”