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What do we know about the upcoming sporting events? Chapman Freeborn Sports Director, Nick Lamb, provides insight

When it comes to all the upcoming sporting events, it’s important that teams, fans, national associations and sponsors have any travel plans they may need to make secured soon, as commercial passenger flights are still scarce.

Chapman Freeborn Sports Director, Nick Lamb, delves into what we can expect this year as well as into 2022 from the most-anticipated sporting events.

Euro 2020

Football fans will no doubt be thrilled after UEFA announced it aims to have supporters inside all 11 venues at Euro 2020, after switching some games to different cities.

The Aviva Stadium, Dublin and the San Mames Stadium, Bilbao were unable to confirm that fans would be able to attend, so UEFA stripped them of their right to host matches.

However, in many cases it is unclear whether fans will be able to travel abroad to watch matches.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Wembley Stadium, London will welcome 25,000 supporters for group fixtures and aims to allow 45,000 by the time they host the final on 11th July
  • Pukas Arena, Budapest will run at full capacity but with strict entry rules
  • Russia is planning to allow foreign visitors in St Petersburg
  • Azerbaijan has said foreign supporters will be welcome on the proviso that they present a negative COVID-19 test.

It is likely to be governments, rather than associations, that will have the final say on whether travel will be possible. Restrictions can be expected to be in place inside all venues.

Rugby Sevens

Canada is still hoping to host a HSBC World Rugby Seven Series tournament this year.

The Vancouver leg of the tour usually takes place in March, but organisers are looking to move it to the autumn.

The Series begins in May with a women’s event in Paris, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. The men’s tour is due to open in October in Singapore, but organisers hope the re-scheduled Vancouver event can take place in September.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar

It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s World Cup. The first to ever take place in the Middle East, it promises to be one of the most spectacular of all time and different to what we are used to.

The stadiums are close together and linked by a modern transport infrastructure, which will make it possible to watch two or even three matches in the same day – something Qatar has taken into consideration when scheduling matches.

With hotel rooms in the host city of Doha likely to be at a premium, visitors also have the option to stay in neighbouring Dubai or Abu Dhabi – less than an hour’s flight away. Chapman Freeborn can help with charter options for the Middle East, and for travel between the UAE and Qatar.

Women’s Euro 2022 Finals

The full line-up for next July’s Women’s European Championships in England is now complete, so teams and supporters should consider making their travel arrangements early.

Venues for the 16-team tournament will span the country, featuring stadiums in London, Greater Manchester, Milton Keynes, Brighton and Sheffield, plus more.

England has 9 international airports to choose from, plus many private airfields for those who opt to charter.

England’s 2022 cricket tour in the West Indies

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced plans to tour the West indies in February and March 2022.

This is likely to be a hugely popular holiday choice for cricket fans and cricket clubs, with the tour including 5 T20 internationals between 28th January and 5th February, plus 2 Tests between 8th and 28th March 2022.

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Travelling during a pandemic

COVID-19 has resulted in sporting event organisers having no choice but to make some late decisions. This in turn leaves national associations, players, fans and sponsors with little time to make their travel plans; something that is only exacerbated when people are also unsure of flying due to the pandemic.

Chapman Freeborn can alleviate much of this stress for those who choose to travel by air charter, as they will have greater control over timings, routes and hygiene.

Travelling by air charter has may advantages, particularly when commercial air travel is disrupted due to the pandemic. Not only does it facilitate precise levels of control and choice, but it is also the safest way to travel when looking to avoid busy spaces.

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