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Before the start of the Bundesliga: so many spectators are allowed in stadiums again

Few fans were allowed to enter the stadiums in the DFB Cup, like here in Mönchengladbach.

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The Bundesliga will start again next Friday – and just in time for the start of the season, the federal states have agreed on rules for fans to return.

On Tuesday, the heads of the state and senate chancelleries of the federal states discussed a draft resolution from Bavaria. It stipulated that a maximum of every fifth spectator seat in stadiums and halls should be made available for fans again during a trial run by the end of October.

Between 20 and 30 percent of the capacities can be filled

But that was not enough for many countries. They wanted to free up to 30 percent of the capacity and opposed Bavaria. In the end, a compromise was found and the corresponding passage in the Bavaria draft was weakened. It is now said: “The recommended maximum capacity during trial operation is (…) 20 percent of the respective stadium or hall capacity”.

Means: some countries will let more spectators into the stadiums and halls than others. According to information from, Berlin wants to fill between 25 and 30 percent of the capacity, depending on the sports facility. The Olympic Stadium (capacity 74,475) could soon accommodate up to 22,342 fans again. According to reports, North Rhine-Westphalia also wants to allow more viewers, where in the case of Borussia Dortmund in Signal Iduna Park (capacity: 81,365 people) up to 24,405 people will be allowed in.

Bavaria, on the other hand, wants to stick to the 20 percent rule, according to In the Munich Allianz Arena (capacity: 75,024 people), 15,004 could be back at football.

The federal states want to try out the regulation by the end of October, then discuss an extension, relaxation or tightening. The pandemic is a condition that spectators are allowed to be allowed again at all. If more than 35 people per 100,000 inhabitants fall ill at the venue, there are still no spectators, according to the decision.

Other regulations in addition to a minimum distance of 1.5 meters include that no alcohol is served in halls and stadiums. Drunk fans will be refused entry. Whether you have to wear a mask during the entire sporting event is regulated by the federal states depending on the conditions of the venue.


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