Events Research Programme FAQs

Wembley Stadium Pilot Events 


The government’s publication of 22 February, ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ (‘the roadmap’), describes plans to explore when and how events with larger crowd sizes, less social distancing, or in settings where transmission is more likely, will be able to return safely. 


The government’s Events Research Programme will oversee this work, bringing findings from across different settings and different sectors to determine a consistent approach to lifting restrictions on events to inform Step 4 of the roadmap. 


The Events Research Programme will use pilot events incorporating research studies in April and May 2021 to build evidence on the risks associated with coronavirus transmission, the characteristics of events and surrounding activities, and the extent to which mitigation measures can effectively address these risks. The evidence from these studies will be used to inform the government's decision around Step 4 of the roadmap and will shape government policy to bring about the phased return of fuller audiences to venues and events up and down England. 


The pilot events will examine a range of factors, including but not limited to: indoor and outdoor settings; small and large venues; seated and standing events; different forms of audience participation; transport to and from events; duration; and ventilation. 


Wembley Stadium Events 


18 April - FA Cup Semi-Final 

25 April - Carabao Cup Final

15 May – The Emirates FA Cup Final 


Event Specific Q&A 


How are these events exempt from current COVID Restrictions?


The Secretary of State has the power to designate an event as being permitted for research purposes and therefore not subject to the legal restrictions which would apply to other events under Step 2 of the government’s roadmap.  


Who is attending these events?


For the FA Cup Semi Final - the target capacity is circa 4,000 attendees. 

The majority of those invited have been drawn from the London Borough of Brent to reduce the risks associated with transport. A small number of tickets have also been distributed to key workers from across London. 


For the Carabao Cup Final - 4,000 club supporters will be permitted and a further 4,000 Brent residents, key workers, stadium and EFL stakeholders. The total capacity for this event will be circa 8,000 spectators.


For the Emirates FA Cup Final - 12500 club supporters will be permitted and a further 9,500 Brent residents, key workers, Stadium guests and FA stakeholders will be in attendance. The total capacity for this event will be circa 22,000 spectators.


All tickets for this event have been allocated, and you will have by now received an email confirming your status. 


Are those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable able to attend Pilot events?


The pilot events are the first steps to helping all members of the public safely back to mass events and these have been developed under a SAGE framework in line with the latest PHE and DHSC guidance.


The Science Board has reviewed the Events Research Programme’s approach to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals attending the pilot events. They strongly urge caution for the clinically extremely vulnerable attending the events on public health grounds, however these groups are not excluded from involvement in the pilots.


All attendees are required to fill out a consent form as part of the sign-up process for the research programme, given the increased risk of COVID 19 transmission on account of the relaxation of some risk mitigation factors (social distancing and numbers attending).


Will spectators be charged for tickets?


Tickets for club supporters and other invited guests to The Emirates FA Cup Final will be charged.


Tickets for local resident & key workers will be complementary.  


How will tickets be distributed?


Tickets will be distributed via post, email or physical collection by the stadium and the clubs involved. Details will be communicated at the time of booking to each individual. 


What should I do if I am no longer able to attend?


If you are no longer able to attend, please get in touch with our Customer Engagement Team here


I am the lead booker and can no longer attend, can my guest still attend? 


Yes – your guest can still attend, providing they have provided their consent. 


If I can no longer attend, can I pass on/change the name on my ticket? 


No – tickets must be used by the named individual, and we will not change the names on any tickets. If you or a guest are no longer able to attend, please let us know.  


Can I swap the name of my guest ticket?


No - if your guest in unable to attend please get in touch so we can cancel their ticket.


Is there an age limit for spectators attending the events?


Yes – all spectators must be 16+. The Programme’s Science Board has agreed that an individual must be aged 16 or over to attend this event, as those under 16 years of age are not yet equipped to make medical decisions in their own right, and it is not possible to guarantee parental responsibility for their involvement.


Will spectators require any form of testing and COVID verification in order to enter the stadium?


Entry to Wembley Stadium on match day is dependent on providing a Negative Rapid Lateral Flow Test result, and the test must be taken no more than 48 hours before entry to Wembley Stadium.


The Lateral Flow Test can take place from 14:15 on Thursday 13 May for The Emirates FA Cup Final on 15 May.


What type of testing is allowed?


Guests will be attending using a Rapid Lateral Flow Test taken at a community test site or an At Home Rapid Lateral Flow Test.


Each target group will be informed of the specific type of accepted testing by Wembley Stadium or Participant Clubs.


Without exception, proof of a negative lateral flow test must be provided upon arrival to gain entry to the stadium. 


Will participants have to pay for testing? 


All Testing is free. 


How do participants prove they have had a Lateral Flow Device test?


Participants will receive a text or email address from NHS Test and Trace which they will need to present to stewards upon entry to the stadium footprint. A negative test, taken within the timeframe specified, is required for entry.  


What should participants do if they get a positive result from a Lateral Flow Test?


A positive result from a Lateral Flow Device means it’s likely that a participant had coronavirus when the test was done. Participants and anyone they live with must not attend the event and self-isolate immediately. Participants are then advised to get a home PCR test (a test that is sent to a lab) to confirm their result as soon as possible. 


Where can participants find their nearest Rapid Lateral Flow testing site?


Participants can find out where the nearest asymptomatic testing site is by visiting  


Where can participants order an At Home Rapid Lateral Flow Test Kit?


Test Kits can be ordered by visiting


Do I need to take a PCR test?


To aid the research, participants are also requested to undertake a PCR at home test as close as possible to their attendance at the event and again five days after attendance at the event. Details of how to book a test can be found at  

Entry to Wembley is not dependent on a PCR test being taken.  


Will social distancing be in place for the events?


Yes, events will be socially distanced, allowing spectators to retain at least 0.9m distance from other participants. 


Will participants need to wear a mask?


Yes, participants will be asked to ensure that face coverings are worn at all times, even when seated in the stadium bowl.  


What COVID safety measures will be in place at the stadium?


Wembley Stadium has issued a Spectator Code of Conduct, which details measures that are in place.  This can be found at  


What time should participants arrive?


Participants are asked to arrive at least one hour prior to kick-off to go through all necessary entry procedures. 


Where will participants be sitting? 


For The Emirates FA Cup Final, the majority of spectators will be situated on level one and level two of the stadium. 


Will the sale of Alcohol be permitted in the venue?


The sale of alcohol will be permitted at The Emirates FA Cup Final. 


Will food and drink be available? 


A proportional number of concession stands will be in operation for the pilot events. 


Will hospitality be available?


Yes, a limited number of hospitality spaces will be in operation for all pilot events. The idea of these events is to run as close to normal as possible and that includes delivering hospitality.  


How do I travel safely to the venue?


No matter how spectators travel, you should plan ahead and allow more time for your journey. You should try to travel at quieter times and take less busy routes where possible. 


If possible, you should walk or cycle to the event.


Spectators should always follow safer travel guidance, no matter how they are travelling.


If using public transport, spectators must wear a face covering unless exempt, sanitise hands regularly and keep their distance where possible. 


It is a legal requirement that, unless exempt, people must wear a face covering on public transport and inside transport hubs, e.g. train stations. People could be fined £200 minimum if they do not comply. 


If spectators are driving to the event, they should avoid sharing a car with anyone outside of their household or support bubble. If this isn’t possible, they should open the windows, wear a face covering unless exempt and leave seats free to social distance.


Please note special travel arrangements have been mandated for Leicester City fans attending The Emirates FA Cup Final, requiring them to travel via designated travel modes (coach, rail or car). 


If I am travelling to an event where should I take my test, before I travel or at the event?


In order to attend the event, participants will be required to have a Lateral Flow Technology (LFT) test ahead of the event. They will have to demonstrate they tested negatively before they are admitted to the event. They will also be asked to take a PCR test before and after the event to inform research and ensure any transmission of the virus is properly monitored. Attendees should take a LFT test before they travel to an event outside their local area. 


What personal data will be collected from participants in order to attend the event? 


Personal data collected includes first name, last name, address, date of birth, postcode, gender and email address. 


What will happen if participants do not provide this data?


If participants do not provide consent to enter the programme and provide their data, they will not be invited to the events. 


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