Bundesliga Clubs Allowed To Start Season At 20 Per Cent Fan Capacity

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The Allianz Arena will host the first Bundesliga match of the season© Twitter


Limited numbers of spectators can return to Germany’s football stadiums when the new Bundesliga season kicks off this weekend after a six-week test phase was once agreed Tuesday. Germany’s politicians are allowing every stadium to be at 20 percent capacity for the Bundesliga’s 18 clubs, providing the seven-day rate of infection of the coronavirus is lower or equal to 35 per 100,000 inhabitants in the native region. That means around 15,000 fans could now watch title holders Bayern Munich start the new season on Friday at home to Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena.

Fans should wear face masks and stay 1.5m apart, while alcohol is banned and absent supporters aren’t allowed.

“Sports events thrive on fans’ make stronger and atmosphere with an audience – this applies to Bundesliga games in addition to to amateur sports,” said Armin Laschet, state premier for Germany’s football hotbed North-Rhine Westphalia.

There was once already a test run in the first round of the German Cup final weekend.

A set number of fans were allowed into every ground with the numbers varying because of the different health authorities’ regulations from region to region.

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Following a two-month hiatus after the coronavirus pandemic hit Germany in March, the Bundesliga became the first of Europe’s top leagues to renew in mid-May in the back of closed doors.

The final German league game played in front of fans was once on March 8.

 

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