Bundesliga fans have been handed a huge boost as home supporters will be allowed back to stadiums ahead of the new season.
Home fans will be allowed to be back in stadiums when Bayern Munich take on Schalke 04 this week. This comes after a virtual meeting of the federal states' chancelleries was held on Tuesday and no way fans will be allowed as well as alcohol and a ban on standing.
Only 20% of the capacity will be allowed in by the German Football League. However, if a 7-day infection rate in a home city is above 35 per 100,000, a game must be played without spectators in attendance.
"Sports events live from the support of the fans, from the atmosphere with the audience - this applies to Bundesliga games as well as to amateur and popular sports," said NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU).
"With safe infection protection concepts and limits In terms of capacity, the clubs can finally fill their sports facilities with life again. The following applies: hygiene concepts, protective measures and a careful approach have priority."
📣 The Bundesliga will allow home fans back into stadia from Friday, when the new season kicks off.— Fans Europe (FSE) (@FansEurope) September 15, 2020
✔️ Max capacity of 20%
❌ No alcohol; no standing
🦠 If cases rise above 35 per 100,000 in the home city, games will be played behind closed doors pic.twitter.com/5ixDg08Ifb