St. Petersburg, one of the twelve host cities of the European Football Championship in the summer, is planning a 50 percent capacity utilization of the stadium despite the corona pandemic. The Russian organizing committee announced on Thursday.
“We are optimistic about the EURO. We already have an agreement to fill the stands to 50 percent,” said the director of the Russian OK, Alexej Sorokin, the state news agency RIA Novosti.
The stadium in St. Petersburg can seat 61,000 spectators. Three Group B games are to be played there. Belgium against Russia, Finland against Russia and Finland against Belgium – as well as a quarter-finals.
The organizers are even working on “welcoming foreign fans,” stressed Sorokin. This was not rejected by the authorities, he added. Sorokin is sure that the games can be played “with a minimum of possible restrictions”.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin recently caused astonishment with his demand for spectators in the stadiums in times of the corona pandemic. Every organizer must guarantee that fans are allowed to attend the games, Ceferin said.