In the best case scenario, Hertha BSC can apparently hope for a partial return of spectators to the stadium at the weekend. According to information from Axel Springer Sports Competence Center Hertha submitted a concept that was approved by the health department.
Should the Berlin Senate now agree, 15,000 fans could cheer on the Berliners at the relegation summit against 1. FC Köln on Saturday. It is crucial that the incidence in the corresponding district of the stadium is below 100 (currently 93.5 in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf).
“The concept is very stable and has been refined by Hertha with great attention to detail. From the point of view of our health department there is no problem at all,” Detlef Wagner, city councilor of the responsible health department, is quoted as saying. The association has submitted an earlier concept “freshly submitted to us in a refined version, which we will also approve”.
However, the Senate could thwart the venture. “There was already a model calculation as part of the first wave. If the Senate hadn’t decided on an upper limit of 5000 at that time, 15,000 people would have been approved by us in the stadium at that time,” added Wagner.
He further explained the advantages of the arena, which can hold almost 75,000 visitors in normal operation: “Now the huge Olympic Stadium is becoming an advantage for Hertha because it allows the flow of spectators to be directed and definitely avoids encounters. Each block can be reached separately from inside and outside.”