It has been announced this Thursday the 6th of August that the Austria football league will be allowing fans into the stadiums at mid-September when the Bundesliga‘s next season starts although numbers will be restricted to 10,000 and visiting teams’ supporters excluded.
Whilst Bulgaria is allowing spectators as new season starts on Friday with the condition that they fill up just half of stadiums’ capacities, Balkan nation banded fans last month amid a spike in new coronavirus infections, and after spectators largely broke distancing rules at the Bulgaria Cup final on 1 July.
There is a cap of 10,000 stadium attendees including security personnel and others in Austria and clubs will not allocate any space to fans of visiting teams.
The move is aimed at limiting numbers and travelling within the country though supporters can still buy their own individual tickets. Football thrives on emotions, not only on the pitch but also on the stands. So it wasn’t an easy decision for clubs to take, to allow as many home fans as possible and to do without visiting clubs’ fans during the coronavirus restrictions.
The Bundesliga season is to kick off on 11th of September. Although last season which was halted by the pandemic outbreak for more than two months, resumed in June but with matches played behind closed doors, RB Salzburg claimed a seventh successive title. Salzburg is one of three clubs able to host up to 10,000 people. The other two are Rapid Vienna which announced a second case of coronavirus infection among its players on Thursday and Sturm Graz the last