On Friday, the Bundesliga starts up again with the match between Bayern Munich and Schalke 04. On Saturday, Erling Braut Haaland and Borussia Dortmund take on Borussia Mönchengladbach.
And for a news that is spreading in Germany today: The 16 states have now given the green light to let spectators into the stadiums again.
Initially, this is up to 20 percent of the capacity of a stadium. This means that Borussia Dortmund can plan for up to 16,273 spectators against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Signal Iduna Park takes 81,000 spectators.
This could not have been better news for Haaland, who gets goosebumps from playing in front of the “yellow wall” in Dortmund. Initially, an audience rating was expected in early October.
– The teams in the Bundesliga can be very happy today. Clubs and associations for other sports can also be the same, says Dortmund director Hans-Joachim Watzke, according to Ruhr news.
– This is an important step forward.
The decision also applies to sports such as volleyball, handball, basketball and ice hockey. The pilot project will last for six weeks.
Everything will take place with strict infection control rules. According to the major newspaper Bild, all tickets are sold digitally. Guest supporters do not have access to the stadium.
Furthermore, there must be a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between the spectators. Mouthpieces will be appropriate, depending on the arena.
Bayern Munich, for example, will be able to take in just over 15,000 spectators. The clubs are now working hard to resolve the ticket situation at short notice.
Thus, the Bundesliga goes the way that the general manager of Odd, Einar Håndlykken, called for TV 2 i goes. The teams in the Elite Series can let in up to 200 spectators, but Håndlykken believes there should be room for more.
– It feels very meaningless. We want to help keep infection rates down, but when you see full buses, full subways and full shopping centers… There are more in a subway car than we let in here with over 10,000 seats. It is clear that it is not connected. They are killing an industry.
Germany will make a new assessment of the corona situation – and what consequences it will have for the spectators – at the end of October.
– It will be a kind of experiment, a pilot, says Prime Minister Markus Söder in Bavaria.
This weekend’s matches in the Bundesliga
Potential spectator numbers in parentheses.
- Bayern Munich – Schalke 04 (15 004)
- E. Frankfurt – A. Bielefeld (10 300)
- Cologne – Hoffenheim (10 000)
- Stuttgart – Freiburg (12 089)
- Union Berlin – Augsburg (4402)
- Werder Bremen – Hertha Berlin (8471)
- Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Mönchengladbach (16 273)
- RB Leipzig – Mainz (8387)
- Wolfsburg – Bayer Leverkusen (6000)