Fans outraged by Murrayfield bars closing when Lions open


Stadium bars closed before half-time

Fans outraged by Murrayfield bars closing when Lions open

Ahead of halftime in the British and Irish Lions’ game against Japan, it was announced that Murrayfield bars would not reopen, resulting in a chorus of boos. And some fans took to social media to comment on the hospitality setup for the tour’s opening and to express their disgust at rumors that the floor was dry with beer, the former captain Scottish Andy Nicol being one of the most vocal dissidents.

The Scottish Rugby Union decided to blame bar closings for “unprecedented pre-match sales” – but as you can see from a selection of Tweets below, there were disgruntled Lions fans in Edinburgh today.

Fans in attendance were fortunate enough to see the Lions beat Japan at the opening of the tour, but are they right to feel aggrieved by the premature closure of the bars?

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A Scottish Rugby Union spokesperson said: “Due to unprecedented pre-match sales, the decision was made not to open bars at half-time given the limited availability of stock. around the stadium.

“This was to ensure that previously agreed social distancing guidelines could be maintained and avoid overcrowding. In accordance with the match agreement, the bars were to be closed from the end of half-time.

“There was no shortage of beer in the stadium and all decisions were made with crowd safety and social distancing in mind.”

Lions fans will not be able to attend matches in South Africa throughout the Lions Tour, which means the famous “Red Sea” will not be a must-see on this unprecedented tour.

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