Audience: the stadium split into three parts, the spectator gauge revised downwards
There will be a lot of public at Roland Garros in this 2020 edition. In the blur following the complex health situation in Ile-de-France, the organization has succeeded in its bet to keep the public. But the gauge, desired at 20,000 initially, will be reduced to 11,500 spectators per day. The 5,000 spectators in the stadiums announced by the Government in June, then extended in August, will obviously be respected since the Roland-Garros stadium will be divided into three parts, each with a large court as a benchmark.
There will be a central area with the Philippe-Chatrier stadium (5,000 spectators), another at the back of the stadium with the Court Suzanne-Lenglen (5,000 spectators), and a final one including the Court Simonne-Mathieu. Smaller the latter, will only receive 1500 spectators.
This division of spaces will allow the tournament to have three independent sections which will respect the 5,000 person tonnage. This will involve a major and obviously new constraint: spectators will no longer be able to move freely in the stadium and go from one big court to another. Access to the annexes courts will depend on the location. Access to the stadium will also be distributed according to the zones.
Practical case: a spectator with a ticket on the Court Philippe-Chatrier will not be able to access the Fond des Princes, where the very popular court n ° 14 is located, inaugurated during the 2018 edition. This part of the stadium will be reserved. to ticket holders on the Suzanne-Lenglen court.
The adoption of this system of geographical fragmentation will obviously have a consequence for ticket holders. The French Tennis Federation specified that its ticketing service would contact each of them in order to propose arrangements concerning “their will”. There will be no access to qualifications for the public. These will take place behind closed doors from September 21.
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