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No supporter access to GB Hockey games as venues ban lifts

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Great Britain Hockey will not be able to offer spectators entry to Pro League matches despite sporting venues being able to do so from Monday.

The matches this week against Germany are already behind closed doors while government confirmed that venues will be able to welcome back fans from May 17.

For smaller outdoor facilities, capacities will be capped at 4,000 or at 50 per cent, whichever is the lowest.

GB teams play USA and Spain on May 22/23 at Lee Valley – GB’s final Test match games on home soil before the Olympics – but the national governing body said that at the reduced capacity “it was not viable for us to sell tickets for next week’s games and that remains the case”.

While other sports have been able to offer media access, GB Hockey had already stated that there would be none for external media at the Germany games, with the games being broadcast on BT Sport.

Public Health England had requested that numbers be kept to a minimum, while GB Hockey is hoping to review the situation ahead of next week’s games.

Great Britain will be returning on home soil for the first time since November 2019 this week.

GB Hockey fixtures v Germany
Wednesday: GB v Germany (M) – 17:30 (BT Sport 2)
GB v Germany (W) – 20:00 (BT Sport 2)
Thursday: GB v Germany (M) – 17:30 (BT Sport 1)
Thursday 13 May: GB v Germany (W) – 20:00 (BT Sport 1)

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