A multitude of 16,500 spectators will watch the British & Irish Lions game against Japan in Murrayfield on June 26. The prelude to the summer tour to South Africa will take place with social distancing measures restricting the number of people who can attend the 67,144-capacity Scottish rugby house.
It is likely to be the only time the Lions play in front of the fans, with SA Rugby planning all eight games, including the test series against the world champions, to take place behind closed doors.
“It will be brilliant to see a passionate crowd in Murrayfield for what promises to be an excellent game of rugby before we embark on the South African tour,” said the Lions managing director Ben Calveley.
“I’m sure it will give the entire tour a big boost to play this game in front of the Lions fans. We are very grateful to the Scottish Government for their commitment and support in ensuring that this event is seen by a live audience. “
It will be the first time that fans have been allowed into Murrayfield for an international match since Scotland’s 28-17 win over France in March last year.
Since the size of the crowd is less than the number of tickets sold, several refunds will be issued before May 28, with the government council deciding who can attend the historic showdown with the hosts of the 2019 World Cup.