As of: 16.07.2020 09:38 a.m.
The return of fans to the football stadiums becomes a realistic scenario – at least on paper. The German Football League (DFL) has sent the Bundesliga and Second League clubs a guideline according to which local concepts for the respective locations are to be created in the corona crisis – under medical supervision and in coordination with the respective health authorities. A mammoth task for the summer break, because the conditions at the 36 clubs are extremely different. For larger clubs such as the Bundesliga clubs VfL Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen or even second division club Hamburger SV, the recommendations should be easier to implement than for clubs with smaller stadiums and critical infrastructure.
Guide for fan return: hurdles for St. Pauli
07/16/2020 08:52 AM Author: Naroska, Jörg
The German Football League has created a guide for football games in front of spectators. The guidelines would be easier to implement for HSV than for St. Pauli.
St. Pauli: More costs than income?
So it could be that second division FC St. Pauli in the Millerntorstadion has to get along without spectators for a long time. The crux of the matter, according to a report by NDR 90.3, is the occupancy of the grandstands with the spacing rule proposed in the guidelines. According to the DFL paper, up to 50 percent of the seats could be occupied in the best case, but only about twelve percent for standing room. Converted to the Millerntorstadion with a lot of standing room, only around 9,000 of the usual 30,000 fans could enter the stadium. That should hardly be enough to cover the costs.
HSV could allow 25,000 fans
Among other things, the guide recommends that viewers receive personalized tickets so that the association can save their address and telephone number. In order to avoid crowds in front of the stadium gates, fans should be given time slots for their arrival. The HSV would probably meet the requirements less hard. All standing places in the Volksparkstadion can be converted into seats. In the best case, the HSV could let almost 25,000 fans into the stadium.
The DFL announced that the guideline had previously been submitted to the Federal Ministry of Health for evaluation. A ministry spokesman said in Berlin that the DFL concept takes “essential aspects of infection protection” into account. Experts like that Virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit from the Bernhard Nocht Institute in Hamburg had already expressed skepticism about large crowds of people in stadiums during this phase of the pandemic. Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) also said that he thought the stadiums would be opened early in September.