Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster has published a comprehensive list of all UK events that have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.

The list, which can be viewed in full here, allows users to search by event name and city, and check whether the event has been cancelled or rescheduled.

Ticketmaster noted that not all schedule changes are because of COVID-19 and pointed out that it is experiencing some delays in event status updates due to the volume of affected events.

Hundreds of events have either been postponed or cancelled completely and it remains to be seen when mass gatherings will be allowed again in the UK.

Ticketmaster said it would automatically process full refunds for tickets bought for events that have been cancelled. For events that have been rescheduled, ticket-holders will be contacted directly by Ticketmaster and tickets will remain valid.

Serie A

Italy’s Serie A is set to become the latest major European football league to return after the government gave the go-ahead for its resumption on June 20.

This is a week later than originally planned. Vincenzo Spadafora, Italy’s Sports Minister, announced the government’s approval following a meeting with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The announcement was made yesterday (Thursday), shortly after the English Premier League signalled its intention to resume on June 17, subject to all safety requirements being met.

Serie A has been suspended since March 9 following the COVID-19 outbreak and the league still has 12 rounds of the season left to complete, along with four matches that were postponed from the 25th round.

Germany’s Bundesliga returned earlier this month and Spain’s LaLiga is hoping to join the Premier League and Serie A in returning in June. In France, the Ligue 1 season has already ended.

AGF Aarhus

Football has already resumed in Denmark and Superliga club AGF Aarhus yesterday invited nearly 10,000 fans to ‘virtually’ attend its home match against Randers via Zoom.

The innovative initiative saw Aarhus fans tune in to one of a number of Zoom calls, through which they could interact with fellow supporters and enjoy the match. The footage from the calls was then relayed onto screens at Aarhus’ Ceres Park stadium, meaning that players effectively played with ‘fans’ in the stands.

Despite the risk of inappropriate behaviour from fans on the streams, Aarhus’ head of media Søren Højlund Carlsen told our sister site TheStadiumBusiness.com that no supporters were “kicked out” from the calls.

Aarhus is set to continue the initiative for Monday’s match against OB Odense.

MotoGP

Two more MotoGP events have been cancelled today, with races in the UK and Australia the latest to fall due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

The British Grand Prix was due to take place from August 28-30 at Silverstone, while the Australian Grand Prix was scheduled for October 23-25 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

It will mark the first season in MotoGP’s history that no track action has taken place in the UK. The series’ 2020 season had been due to begin in March but COVID-19 has led to a number of event postponements and cancellations.

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