German football club may play in other arenas

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With lockdown restrictions slowly easing in Germany, the Bundesliga – Germany’s top football competition – is planning to return to the pitch on May 9, 2020, pending a nod from the German Government.

If Bundesliga returns, a maximum of 300 fans will be allowed inside the stadium. However, in the event that ghost games remain banned in the multipurpose Weser Stadium in Bremen, Germany, German Bundesliga club Werden Bremen is mulling to play its home games in other arenas.

The multiuse Weser Stadium is the home arena of SV Werden Bremen. The Bundesliga club feels that ghost games might not be allowed in their home ground as just after the coronavirus outbreak, Interior Senator Ulreich Mäurer for the State of Bremen said that he is dead against games being played at the Weser Stadium.

The politician also fears that if the five-day open-air festival Breminale is held at Bremen’s Osterdeich, a humongous crowd will gather which will not augur well keeping in mind the coronavirus outbreak.

The Breminale is a five-day open-air festival on Bremen’s Osterdeich, taking place every summer. The festival is enjoyed by the young and the old alike. The program features live music in circus tents, art, jugglers and jesters, games for kids, as well as theater, dance and readings. Numerous food stalls lay out a spread. A day out at the Breminale is a hugely fun-filled affair.

“If the scenario is such that we cannot play in Bremen, we would have to look for alternative venues. But, that should not be the case. If at all it happens, the possible alternative locations would be Hanover, Wolfsburg or Hamburg,” said Werder boss Klaus Filbry to mediapersons.

Filbry also told mediapersons that as the Bundesliga is on an enforced break due to the coronavirus scourge, Werder Bremen is facing huge losses. The club could face a loss of up to 45 million euros.

Says the former Manager of Werder Bremen, Willi Lemke, “We all love Werder Bremen, and I am worried about the financial situation of the club.”

“I think Werder is not alone with his economic problems in the Bundesliga. This topic is not about human life, but about jobs and a long history, that is dramatic enough,” said the 59-year-old Norwegian.

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