For the semi-final of the Champions Cup against the Saracens on Saturday (2 p.m.), Racing 92 will only be able to accommodate 1,000 people in its Arena in Nanterre, confirmed the president of the Ile-de-France club Jacky Lorenzetti on the channels of
“For us, it's a renaissance since the Areana has been closed since February.
So, for five months, we saw the “big whale” inert and it's nice to see it come back to life.
It's a bit special because we have 5,000 seats (Friday evening), it's the first time we've done boxing, with the Canal + teams we've made a lot of efforts to ensure that the retransmission is as ideal as possible. "
However, in less than 14 hours, the Altoséquanaise enclosure will have to switch to rugby mode and it will only be able to accommodate 1,000 people, in accordance with the new directives due to the health crisis from Saturday.
“It's a challenge that will take place overnight, a first, six to eight hours (to change the configuration).
And we start again at 2 p.m., unfortunately in a reduced configuration, because we have just learned that the prefect (of Hauts-de-Seine) would not give an exemption, we will have to play in front of 1,000 people.
(…) We will have to reimburse 3,500 places, I don't know how we are going to do it, we have all night (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) to think about it, ”continues the President of Racing.
And to quantify: “A configuration of 1,000 people, it costs us 120,000 euros in losses.
We have rented lodges, partners, we also need to offer them the opportunity to work.
They took boxes and tables, it's to be able to invite, it's complicated.
In camera is really an unthinkable solution for us. ”
"For us, it's a rebirth ..." ✨
Jacky Lorenzetti (President @ racing92) also explains the transformation of the @ParisLaDefArena from Boxing configuration (#YokaDuhaupas) to Rugby configuration this weekend ️ #LateRC
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- Late Rugby Club (@LateRugbyClub) September 24, 2020
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