Salzburg-Bayern game full house in Austria


No restrictions for events any more in Austria Image: Red Bull Arena

Come February 12th and there will no longer be an upper limit for people at events in Austria. This means that the Austrian professional football club RB Salzburg’s Champions League home game against the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich (Germany) can also take place to a packed house at the former’s residence – the Red Bull Arena.

Meanwhile, Austria became the first European country to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate after President Alexander Van der Bellen gave his assent to the law on February 4th. Austria is reporting an average of over 30,000 fresh cases each day. The total number of COVID cases in the country stands at 1,995,346, while the death toll is 14,192.

The ‘kicker’ stated that the ‘no upper limit at event’ announcement was made by the Austrian Federal Government on February 8th.

The above translates to the fact that the Champions League matchup between RB Salzburg and the Bayern Munich on February 16th at the Red Bull Arena in Salzburg (Austria) will be played to a full house.

FC Red Bull Salzburg is an Austrian professional football club based in Wals-Siezenheim (Austria), which competes in the Austrian Bundesliga, the top flight of Austrian Football. Their home ground is the Red Bull Arena.

FC Bayern Munich 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.

The 30,188-capacity Red Bull Arena, known during the UEFA Euro 2008 as the EM-Stadion Wals-Siezenheim and during UEFA club football events as Stadion Salzburg, is a football stadium in Wals-Siezenheim, a municipality in the suburbs of Salzburg, Austria. It serves as the home ground of the FC Red Bull Salzburg.

The FC Red Bull Salzburg Managing Director Stefan Reiter stated that the full contingent of almost 30,000 tickets would be made available despite the same being a “Mammoth logistical exercise. We are delighted that the Federal Government has taken the above decision just before the above fixture. Not just football but other events can also be held al fresco but keeping strict COVID-19 protocols in place which will rule out the risk factor. I would like to thank all partners and the local authorities in advance for lifting the ‘upper limit’ clause and we look forward to a football festival.”

2G rule

The ‘kicker’ further stated that the 2G certificate is mandatory to attend an event. As per the 2G rule, one has to be vaccinated or should have recovered from COVID-19 in order to attend an event. And the same rules apply for those fans who will attend the Salzburg-Bayern Munich fixture. Wearing of face coverings is mandatory for indoor as well as outdoor games.

There is currently an upper limit of 2,000 people for events in Austria. Despite the high number of new infections, hospitals have not got overwhelmed in the European country. Of course, Omicron cases continue to rise.

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