Gelsenkirchen (AP) – FC Schalke 04 welcomes the states’ agreement to allow more spectators to play Bundesliga matches.
“We are very grateful to politicians for the confidence they have placed in us with this decision, and we will deal with it responsibly. We are especially happy for our fans, who have been looking forward to a stadium visit for months,” said Alexander Jobst. , Marketing Director. , Sales and organization for the Bundesliga football team.
Jobst spoke in a club announcement of a “further step back to normalcy”. One is prepared for partial admission of viewers and is in talks with local authorities, “to achieve the maximum possible security for all concerned,” said the 46-year-old.
The heads of state chancellery of the states reached an agreement on Tuesday on a common audience limit for Bundesliga matches. Until the end of October, a six-week test run allowed “to allocate up to 20 percent of the total capacity of all seats in the stadium,” the club announced. The Veltins-Arena has a total capacity of 62,271 seats. According to this, Schalke’s first home game against Werder Bremen on September 26 would be just over 12,000 spectators. On Friday (8.30 pm) on the first day of the season, the Royal Blues are guests of defending champion Bayern Munich.
The basic condition for the return of spectators is a hygiene concept and also the regional contamination rate must be monitored at all times. The final decision is still made by the local health department. Schalke will inform you in the coming days about the further procedure, including the procedure for handing out cards.