Originally the opening competition of the Four Hills Tournament should have taken place in front of spectators – but nothing will come of it. Audiences are not allowed in Oberstdorf. The organizer reacts depressed.
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For the first time in its 68-year history, the Four Hills Tournament of ski jumpers takes place in front of empty stands. On Monday the organizing committee for the opening competition in Oberstdorf announced that no fans would be admitted on December 28th and 29th. Oberstdorf had originally planned with 2,500 spectators per day of the event. Weeks ago, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen also announced that they would not have spectators.
Demand for tickets was huge
“It hurts our hearts, but we have to pull the ripcord now and with a heavy heart forego spectators,” said Peter Kruijer, chairman of the Oberstdorf ski club and president of the opening competition, “that hurts all the more because we have been in the past few months Together with the German Ski Association and the local health authorities, we had developed a viable corona concept and were confident to the last. ”
At the latest after the recent tightening of the lockdown for Bavaria with a general ban on spectators for professional sports events until at least December 20th, the organizing committee no longer had a chance. The demand for tickets in advance sales was huge, the 2,500 tickets for the day of the competition were sold out within an hour. The cardholders receive a refund.
The Four Hills Tournament is the event highlight in winter sports with record ratings on television and full stadiums. Most recently, more than 100,000 spectators were in each of the four tour stadiums.