The R&A announced that The Open Championship will permit 32,000 spectators per day next month on the grounds at Royal St. George’s for the 149th edition of the long running major.
“We are pleased to now be able to proceed with our plans for having a significant attendance at this year’s Championship,” said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers in a released statement.
“These fans will play a huge role in creating a very special atmosphere as the world’s best players compete for the Claret Jug and we look forward to welcoming them to Royal St George’s.
“I would like to acknowledge the support and understanding we have received from the government and public health authorities, fans, players, our patrons and partners, as we have worked through this extremely challenging process,” Slumbers said. “The Open is a very special championship in the world of sport and we are fortunate that so many people care as deeply about it as we do.”
The 2020 Open was canceled due to COVID and so 2019 champion Shane Lowry, who won at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, will defend his now two-year old title.
We can now confirm we will be able to welcome up to 32,000 fans on each Championship day of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s ⛳
This will include all existing ticketholders, who we will be contacting today.
— The Open (@TheOpen) June 19, 2021