Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has given the Bundesliga clubs hope that the stadiums will be fuller when it comes to viewers. “I think there is one thing you can do: That you count the number of vaccinated and recovered participants differently than those who have been tested. Without a doubt, significantly more vaccinated and recovered people can be there as spectators in a stadium – especially in the open air – than usual is possible, “said Spahn image-Newspaper.
The clubs had increasingly critically questioned the cap on the audience capacity during the corona pandemic to a maximum of 25,000 fans, managing director Fredi Bobic (49) from Hertha BSC even spoke of the possibility of a lawsuit. However, the possible visitor contingents in the stadiums were not exhausted last weekend.
Clubs like 1. FC Köln are already mainly allowing people who have been vaccinated or recovered to enter the stadium, while at other clubs fans with a vaccination, recovery or test certificate are treated in the same way.
For the clubs, income from games, for example through ticket sales, is an important source of income. “Even with 20,000 or 25,000 spectators we are missing two million euros per home game. Our aim is to be in the black again,” said Borussia Dortmund’s managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke last.