Germany venues sans fans as Omicron hit hard



Linkedin Twitter

Ghost games are back in Germany again Image: Allianz Arena

With Germany facing a “massive fifth wave” of COVID-19 due to Omicron, politicians decided on December 21st, as was obvious, to completely ban fans from attending sporting events in venues from December 28th.

The ‘kicker’ quoted the new Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, as stating, “Large events are no longer allowed to take place in the presence of spectators, particularly football matches,”

Recently, at least some of the spectator seats were allowed to be occupied in stadiums and halls in few Federal States of Germany.

The second half of the Bundesliga season starts on January 7th.

The ‘kicker’ further stated that the German Football League (DFL) urged people to get vaccinated at the earliest going by the grim Omicron situation in Germany – “Top priority must be accorded to vaccinations. Though ban on spectators at big-ticket events is disappointing, nevertheless, we understand the Federal Government is being forced to take the above step as Germany is facing the full onslaught of Omicron. We thought that ghost games will no longer be held in Germany, but Omicron proved us wrong. We once again appeal to the people to get shots in their arms without any delay.”

However, the above decision will again result in bleeding balance sheets for the professional soccer clubs.
 

Hard hit

Indoor sports, which are even more dependent on viewers’ income than football with its billion-dollar TV contracts, will be hard hit due to the above move. In the German Ice Hockey League (DEL), all games will take place sans fans on December 28th, and the same applies for Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).

Continue to follow Coliseum for latest updates on venues business news. Coliseum is dedicated towards building the best global community of sports and entertainment venue executives and professionals creating better and more profitable venues.

Become a member of the only Global Sports Venue Alliance and connect with stadiums, arenas and experts from around the world. Apply for membership at coliseum-online.com/alliance and make use of the 365Coliseum Business.

Watch 150 member-exclusive videos with valuable tips for your venue



« Previous News:
» Next News:



More News

FC Barcelona confirm move to Estadio Olímpico Lluís Companys for 23-24 season

Barça to shift as Camp Nou rejig to start

Published: June 29th, 2022

The LaLiga team FC Barcelona (Spain) have confirmed that they will leave their iconic home venue... » Read more

Bolton stadium hotel rebranding

Bolton Wanderers stadium hotel name change

Published: June 29th, 2022

The EFL League One club Bolton Wanderers F.C. (UK) have announced that the club’s stadium hotel... » Read more

Total costs of Tokyo Olympics unveiled

Tokyo 2020 ‘balanced’ fiscal report published

Published: June 29th, 2022

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Tokyo 2020) have... » Read more

Australia extends Asian Cup bid

AFC push out 2023 Asian Cup bids deadline

Published: June 29th, 2022

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has extended its deadline to receive bids for staging the... » Read more


Receive global sports venue NEWS twice a week in your inbox