Roland Garros plan to welcome fans in September!

It’s being called an ‘historic Roland Garros’ by the organisers and they have announced plans to welcome fans to the site.

Roland Garros expect to operate on a 50-60% capacity throughout the tournament with tickets going on sale on the 9th of July for members and 16th of July for the public.

The tournament is just under 80 days away but they have committed to a full schedule including qualifying, singles, doubles, wheelchair and juniors.

The FFT are looking at strict social distancing and hygiene measures but have also said they will be looking at increasing the number of tickets on sale if the situation improves.

Likewise they have also said if it worsens then they will then decrease the capacity and refund people. It is understood by their statement if they need to reduce current capacity they will begin at it will be random refunds for people which is an odd policy.

Ground passes will still be available for the outside courts but for the three stadium courts is different but is described as being more flexible:

In view of the current situation, which is constantly changing, the reservation system for the three show courts (Philippe-Chatrier, Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne-Mathieu) is becoming more flexible. Tickets will be sold by day, court and seat category. Purchasers will be told the exact position of their seat in mid-September.

This means that on the three show courts, the tiered seating will follow a precise protocol: on every row, one seat will be left empty between every group of purchasers (a maximum of 4 people who wish to sit in adjacent seats). On the outside courts, every other seat will be out of bounds, and spectators may sit in any of the available seats. This way, the number of spectators allowed inside the stadium will be 50% to 60% of its usual capacity, allowing us to ensure the barrier measures are respected.”

  • No more than 4 tickets in a group
  • A spare seat will be left between each group

Roland Garros begins on the 21st of September but you will not know your exact seat until mid-September. When purchasing tickets for the tournament you will not pick exact seats but seats in an area which will be allocated.

Operating at 50%-60% capacity will mean having around 20,000 fans a day on site and for the latter stages of the tournament with all matches from and including the quarter finals in singles on Chatrier around 10,000.

  • Chatrier holds around 15,500 and will be operating around 8500
  • Lenglen holds around 10,000 and will be operating around 5500
  • Simone-Mathieu holds around 5000 and will be operating around 2500

This could increase depending on situation but Roland Garros are looking at bringing in around 20,000 people a day and could see over 200,000 people on site throughout the two weeks.

Masks must be worn around whilst walking the grounds

Masks are only recommended whilst watching matches on Stadium Courts.

Interesting to see what happens regarding masks if Chatrier roof is shut…

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