Fans allowed for Bayern game with riders


FC Bayern Muenchen with 250 fans Image: FC Bayern Muenchen

The top-flight Bundesliga club FC Bayern will play its last game of the season against its peer team FC Augsburg on May 22nd at the Allianz Arena (Germany) and the fixture will take place in the presence of 250 football fiends. The kickoff time is 3:30 pm.

‘FC Bayern Munich’ stated that the above decision has been taken as the Bavarian Cabinet (Munich is the capital of the German State of Bavaria) has decided to loosen the leash on holding outdoor events due to falling coronavirus cases in Bavaria.

The Bavarian State Government has extended the COVID-19 measures until June 6th. However, since the seven-day incidence value was below 100 five times in a row, there are some relaxations on COVID-19 restrictions in Munich for which the above fixture can be played in the presence of spectators.

FC Bayern is a German professional sports club based in Munich, Bavaria (Germany). It is best known for its professional football team, which plays in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. Bayern is the most successful club in German football history, having won a record 31 national titles, including nine consecutively since 2013, and 20 national cups, along with numerous European honors.

Allianz Arena is a football stadium in Munich, Bavaria, Germany with a 70,000 seating capacity for international matches and 75,000 for domestic matches. Widely known for its exterior of inflated ETFE plastic panels, it is the first stadium in the world with a full color changing exterior.

FC Augsburg is a German football club based in Augsburg, Bavaria (Germany). FC Augsburg plays in Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system.

Augsburg Arena, currently known commercially as the WWK Arena, is a football stadium in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. It is used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of FC Augsburg. The stadium has a capacity of 30,660 with 19,060 seats and standing room for 11,034.

‘FC Bayern Munchen’ further stated that FC Bayern has decided to give 100 tickets to people from the healthcare sector – the COVID Warriors who have put their lives at stake while trying to pull out people from the fatal jaws of the virulent virus. This includes the nurses, doctors, and all other frontline workers. These bravehearts have been selected by the Ministry of Health. A further 100 tickets are available for members of FC Bayern, whose visit to the stadium is decided by lottery. Ten tickets will go to the FC Bayern Kids Club. Head coaches get five tickets each.

All members can register through Bayern Munich’s Inquiry webshopRegister for the lottery process until May 20th (6 pm). The draw will take place on May 21st at 9 am, and the winners will be notified immediately via email. Each member ticket costs 19 euros, based on the year FC Bayern was found. The proceeds will go towards ‘WeKickCorona’ campaign.

German football players Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich have donated 1 million euros to start a campaign called ‘WeKickCorona’ to help social workers and health services cope with the new virus.

FC Bayern Munich President Herbert Hainer stated, “It will be our first home game in front of spectators since March 8th, 2020. We are happy about the short-term opportunity to conclude this season at least on a small scale in a way that gives hope for the next season.”

FC Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated, “Even if there are only 250 viewers, it is a first, small step back into normality that we all want. We are very happy to be able to make the season finale in the stadium possible for some of our fans, and our invitation to the pandemic heroes should be a small gesture of thanks.”

Jan-Christian Dreesen, Deputy Chairman, FC Bayern Board of Management, observed, “FC Bayern has prepared very long and intensively for the day the fans will return. Everything has been done to ensure the health of the audience.”

Each ticket is personal, it cannot be passed on to third parties. Only one ticket is issued per member, exclusively in the inquiry webshop. The identity card and an official negative corona rapid test (not older than 24 hours, PCR test not older than 48 hours) must be presented at the ingress point. As an alternative to the test, proof of a complete vaccination, or, in the case of recovered persons, proof of a positive PCR test, which may be a minimum of 28 days and a maximum of six months old, will have to be produced to get entry to the facility. Wearing of FFP2 masks has been made mandatory inside the venue.

Access is only possible via the guests entrance (parking P-Gast or by underground via Heideweg). The guests will be placed in blocks 229-232 (East stand, Middle tier). The Allianz Arena will open its doors on May 22nd at 1:30 pm.

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