Munich Allianz Arena to greet 14,000 fans


EURO 2020 capacity announced for Munich Image: Allianz Arena

The Bavarian State Premier Markus Soeder said on June 4th that around 14,000 fans will be allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches in Munich’s (Germany) Allianz Arena this month if coronavirus infection rates in Bavaria remain as low as at the moment.

‘Reuters’ quoted Soeder as telling in a presser, “We believe it is possible to have up to 20 percent, about 14,000 (in the stadium). The Euro is a special situation.”

UEFA Euro 2020, or simply Euro 2020, is scheduled to be the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It will be held from June 11th, 2021 to July 11th, 2021.

Nyon (Switzerland)-based the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe. It is one of six continental confederations of world football’s governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

The 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.

‘Reuters’ further quoted Soeder as stating, “We looked at it carefully. This could be a pilot and test for other professional sports. It is an outstanding test.”

Germany also faced the wrath of COVID-19 and a severe lockdown imposed has helped in bringing down cases in the European country. Germany had not provided guarantees for a minimum number of fans, as requested by European soccer’s governing body UEFA, when the City was confirmed as a Euro host.

The Allianz Arena is due to host Germany’s three Group F matches against world champions France on June 15th, holders Portugal four days later and Hungary on June 23rd. The stunning stadium will also host one quarter-final match.

Euro 2020 was postponed by a year as COVID-19 let hell break loose on the world in March 2020. The sporting extraordinaire will be played out in 11 host Cities across the continent – Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Seville (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Glasgow (UK), London (UK), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), and Saint Petersburg (Russia).

COVID-19 cases have been dropping in Germany in recent weeks. On June 4th, officials announced 3,165 confirmed cases nationwide.

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