The first complete Corona season ends with a glimmer of hope: some fans are returning to the stadiums. For example, FC Bayern invites 100 Corona helpers to the season finale. This should be normal again for the new season.
The abundance of those memorable moments just didn’t deserve a ghostly atmosphere. After all, Bayern Munich not only bid farewell to successful coach Hansi Flick, David Alaba and Jerome Boateng on Saturday. The championship trophy is also awarded, and Robert Lewandowski can break Gerd Müller’s historic goal record. The timing could therefore not be better that for the first time ever spectators are allowed in the Allianz Arena again during the corona pandemic.
Although only 250 visitors are allowed on Saturday against FC Augsburg, Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer spoke of a “soft opening, we’re looking forward to it”. 100 tickets go to people from the healthcare sector, 100 more are for members of Bayern Munich, and the rest are distributed between the Munich-based “Kids Club” and the private environment of coach Flick, his assistants and the players who are leaving the club .
At the end of the first full Corona season, however, it is above all a glimmer of hope – and not the only one in German football. Elsewhere, fans are bringing life back to the stands. For example, Union Berlin can move into the European Cup for the second time in the club’s history against RB Leipzig in front of up to 2,000 spectators in the stadium at the Alte Försterei.
TSG Hoffenheim is allowed to receive at least 100 visitors on the last Bundesliga matchday against Hertha BSC (if they take the opportunity), it is even more crowded on the Baltic Sea. After nine years in third division, Hansa Rostock can make it clear that they are returning to the second division in front of 7500 fans.
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It should be back to normal soon. “I am counting on fans in the stadium in the coming season,” said Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke to the Funke Mediengruppe newspapers, and explained: “30 percent of people have been vaccinated once, they will also have the second vaccination by then You can no longer deny these people everything. Then they have to experience normalcy again. “
But there is still a long way to go from normality – that is shown by the current patchwork quilt in the audience question. In North Rhine-Westphalia, in addition to BVB, 1. FC Köln must play their relegation final and second division VfL Bochum their possible promotion masterpiece because of the high incidence at the beginning of the week without fans.
Also because of these different requirements at the end of the season, second division Holstein Kiel decided to take a remarkable step. The storks will fight for direct promotion to the Bundesliga on Sunday without fans – although, due to the low incidence values, even a limited number of fans would have been allowed.
But the Kielers do not want a special role, instead, club president Steffen Schneekloth called for uniform regulations for other event sectors and sports. Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) praised this decision as “an expression of great responsibility on the part of the club’s management”. The aim is to reopen all stadiums to spectators in the new season.
How this could work is demonstrated in the Kleiner Union Berlin. If the Eiserne are playing for entry into the Conference League on Saturday, spectators have to show a negative corona test – unless they “are fully vaccinated or have recovered from corona disease in accordance with the current SARS-CoV-2 infection protection measures ordinance of the state of Berlin “. All assuming, of course, that the incidence value for Berlin remains below 100.