Munich set for up to 15,000 fans in Bundesliga season-opener

Title holders Bayern Munich plan to allow up to 15,000 fans into their stadium for Friday’s Bundesliga season opener against Schalke, dpa has learnt.

Germany’s federal states agreed Tuesday that clubs could use up to 20 per cent of their capacity for fans in a nation-wide trial period over six weeks.

Munich’s Allianz Arena has a 75,000 capacity for league matches, and Bayern now plan to have 14,000-15,000 fans present, saying they have the means to distribute the tickets on such short notice amid a strict hygiene concept for the games.

A final say on the number of attending fans lies with local health authorities and depends on the number of coronavirus infections in the area.

The football community has welcomed the decision from the states and all clubs were on Wednesday readying themselves to have spectators in the Bundesliga for the first time since March.

Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund said “we are currently assuming that we can plan with around 10,000 fans” on Saturday against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke spoke of “a great obligation that we as clubs, together with the fans involved, handle this probationary period extremely responsibly in the coming weeks.

“The now approved partial re-admission of viewers is in any case is a very important step for all football fans in Germany.”

Cologne said they plan to have 9,200 fans for their game Saturday against Hoffenheim, and Bayer Leverkusen are set to have 6,000 spectators for their first home game on September 26 against RB Leipzig.

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