Bundesliga to greet up to 25,000 supporters


Germany to allow up to 25,000 fans Image: MJR Group Ltd./Coliseum

Up to 25,000 spectators will be allowed at German soccer games when the new season starts on August 13th after State officials eased restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic the Delta variant of which is again putting few countries around the globe on the edge.

The ‘AP’ stated that the deal struck between officials from Germany’s 16 States recently allows spectators up to new limits of either 25,000 or 50 percent of the stadium capacity, whichever is lower, for professional games, the Berlin City Government said.

The 2021-2022 Bundesliga will be the 59th season of the Bundesliga, Germany’s premier football competition. It will begin on August 13th, 2021 and will conclude on May 14th, 2022.

Local government bodies can impose their own extra restrictions. Top-notch FC Bayern Munich – the nine-time defending Bundesliga champions – has a lower limit of 20,000 fans at its home games because of concerns over the spread of the Delta variant which is again registering a rise in countries like the United States, France and China.

The ‘AP’ further stated that since the pandemic began, almost all German soccer games have been played sans spectators.

A pilot held last year saw crowds at some top-tier games, including 10,500 at the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund’s fixture, but it was still a far cry from the Bundesliga’s reputation for boasting full houses and a vibrant atmosphere accompanied by chants and roars. The pilot ended when Germany registered a rise in virus numbers.

Some clubs welcomed back limited numbers of fans for the last rounds of games in May. That included 250 healthcare workers and club members for Bayern’s first home game with supporters for more than a year.

Around 14,500 were allowed when Munich (Germany) hosted four games of the European Championship in June and July this year.

By keeping some limits on crowd sizes, Germany differs from England, where the British Government plans to allow games at full capacity next season in the English Premier League and other competitions notwithstanding the fact that the United Kingdom is registering a huge rise in Delta variant cases and reported the highest number of deaths since March on August 11th.

The Premier League (UK) 2021-2022 seasons is starting on August 14th, 2021 and will end on May 22nd, 2022.

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