Ever since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a global pandemic back in March of last year, football has been played without fans or spectators. This has led to incredible football matches like the UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern and PSG with no fans to be able to support either team or watch the biggest game of the season. With a handful of testing games of a few thousand fans in the Premier League, most games of the 2020-21 season have been with no fans physically in the stadium, leaving every fan and supporter of their favorite football club to watch from their homes. However, as of Friday April 9th, 2021, positive news for the upcoming European Championship 2020 has been released involving spectators.
EURO2020 Spectator Information
With vaccines now rolling in for millions of people, UEFA have announced that, along with the WHO, they will be working to have spectators back in the stadiums for the EURO 2020 tournament. As of now, 8 stadiums have noted down their support and will look to bring fans to the stadiums, including Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, etc. Other cities such as Bilbao, Dublin, and Munich, have until next week Monday to make a decision regarding this. The news, however, does not necessarily mean that every stadium can be filled at 100% capacity. Budapest will be the only city that is most likely to achieve a full capacity stadium for their games. Amsterdam and others will look to have more than a quarter filled with supporters, which is thousands more than currently allowed for all games in their respective domestic leagues. Some requirements will still be made for supporters who wish to participate in the games coming up. These requirements range from travel restrictions to covid-19 measures, and vary from city to city.
Perspectives and Requirements
In addition, as more days pass and federations look to see if there can be more positive news on the subject of Covid-19, stadiums could allow for more fans to be allowed in during the tournament as well. Obviously for a financial/business perspective, bringing fans back, even at an unfilled capacity, will bring much needed ticket revenues for the respective teams and their stadiums. In order for clubs to bring fans back in, a clear and concise communication with both the WHO and the respective governments need to take place. This will be to ensure that safety for the spectators is provided while granting the wishes of the respective football clubs. There will still be a need for more time for clubs and nations to bring back the ticket losses throughout the season, but it still presents a start. With this positive news, it is only likely now that more and more fans will be able to participate and go back to their ‘passionate spectator ways’ in the near future.
With this news, hopefully we can see at least the football fans and spectators shine a brighter light to what has been a dark time, not only for football lovers, but for everyone who has struggled and suffered due to the Covid-19 virus.