This is how the major sports clubs from the region regulate fan returns

This is how the major sports clubs from the region regulate fan returns

The return of Argentine soccer fans to the stadiums caused a stir a good week ago ScandalInstead of the allowed 36.000 people in the stadium of River Plate According to media reports, more than 50,000 fans cheered for their team.000 fans frenetically cheered for their team.

Apart from the Contagion risks by breaking the hygiene rules: From such an exuberant Ticket demand most clubs in Germany's professional sports can only dream of at the moment – be it "King Football" or even clubs from other sports.

Anyone who thought tickets for stadiums and gymnasiums would go up after the months-long Corona thirst stretch everywhere and fast again luridly inquired, erred. In the Bundesliga soccer league, for example, VfL Wolfsburg used only 12.845 instead of the permitted 18.000 tickets. In handball, the SG Flensburg-Handewitt and in ice hockey, the Dusseldorfer EG recently achieved a similar rate.

Renowned fan researcher: "Sport as entertainment has become interchangeable"

"At some clubs, it would have been unthinkable two years ago not to allocate the entire ticket quota," says Fan researcher Harald Lange from the University of Wurzburg. He is not the only expert to argue that parts of sports fans have weaned themselves off being fans during the Corona era: "As entertainment, sports has become interchangeable. Many have sought alternatives."

In addition, there was a general Disappointment of many supporters from professional sports, especially soccer: "The fact that the Commerce now dominates that professional soccer is moving away from its fans has long since arrived in the middle of society."

Is the staying away of sports fans a German problem? "My impression is that fan return is faltering internationally almost everywhere – but in Germany particularly. The expectations of the fan culture are simply particularly high here," says Lange. A look at Argentina, but also at the Premier League, supports his assessment. There, many games are sold out for several match days – and since the repeal of the Corona rules. A survey by the opinion institute Bundesliga-Barometer also points to the mandatory masks and the distance rules as the reason for the absence of some fans.

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Will a 2G conceptt in the sports venues, therefore, to the Matchwinner Of the clubs to make the ranks fuller and restore the atmosphere? "At least that fits the tenor in society," says fan researcher Lange – even if resistance to excluding non-vaccinated players is rising in some fan camps.

Lange accordingly recommends transparency and communication with fans to negotiate the best possible concept on the ground. "Then the people will come back to the stadiums, I'm sure of it. The next few months will be decisive for the future and the status of the sport."

Because one thing is also clear: full stands mean not only a larger Pull effect for more fans, but are also a signal to sponsors and TV broadcasters. Important revenue, especially for clubs far from big-time soccer.

But how do the clubs from the region?

How do the major sports clubs in the region handle the utilization of their home stadiums and halls?? We checked with the team from Braunschweig and Wolfsburg.

Eintracht Braunschweig: Hopes are high at Eintracht that, for the first time, more than 10.000 fans come to the stadium on Hamburger Strabe. "That would push us," says Coach Michael Schiele. So far, the Lions have had an average of 6,000 spectators in league matches.900, none of the five games was sold out in the process. For comparison: in the third division season 2018/19, the last without Corona influence, came on average to each home game 18.000 spectators, although the blue and yellow against the Relegation played.

Saturday's match against BVB is the first game in which Braunschweig will rely on a mix of 2G and 3G concept. On the main stand, the back straight and in the south curve, the 2G principle applies, i.e. only vaccinated and recovered fans. In return, in this area Mandatory masks and Spacing rules and there is also no sector separation in the circulation as well as at the entrances. In the Nordkurve and in the guest area, however, 3G continues to apply. In return, masks are still required up to the seat, as well as compliance with the spacing rules.

VfL Wolfsburg:Mark van Bommel makes himself "at all no worries"That on sight in the stadiums could remain many free seats. The coach of VfL Wolfsburg refers to the time before the pandemic. "The stadiums in Germany were always sold out then. And now it will take a little time for everything to get going again. It is simply a A matter of getting used to."

Since the beginning of September, the Bundesliga club has only allowed Inoculated or recovered into the stadium, so far still with reduced capacities. No game was sold out under the conditions so far. From the next home game against SC Freiburg on (23. October), the Volkswagen Arena can be fully utilized again. 30.000 spectators would be possible again from then on in Wolfsburg – then only vaccinated or recovered people watch on the seating and standing areas of the arena. The mask obligation should then also be lifted.

What applies to Wolfsburg's men, also applies to the VfL women in the much smaller AOK Stadium. The VfL would have been allowed to fill all 5200 seats twice already, with the 2G rule, but without mask obligation.

In the league against promoted Cologne and in the Champions League against Geneva, however, came a little less than 1000 spectators. In addition one must say: Sold out has only been in the stadium once. In March 2019 with 4445 fans against Olympique Lyon. In the 2019/20 season, an average of 1935 spectators had attended the seven games in which fans were still permitted.

Basketball Lions: Braunschweig will rise this weekend from 3G to 2G and hope this will give them a boost in the number. Because for the audience, masks and spacing obligation in the checkerboard pattern as well as the last practiced sector separation in the VW Hall fall away. Managing director Nils Mittmann had initially relied on these rules because he had a "high Security needs of people" suspected.

However, for the first two home games there were only just under 1600 fans appeared, 3357 tickets were allowed to be sold. "And 95 percent were vaccinated or recovered anyway," emphasizes Mittmann, who was pleased with the meager attendance figures in the BBL not alone that stands. Only the Ulm, Oldenburg, Chemnitz sites came close to their capacity with occupancy recently.

The rises now in Braunschweig from Saturday's home game against Chemnitz to permitted 5000. The basketball players do not use this, however, but hang the curves as before Corona to get more Mood TO CREATE. In addition, with 2G they save effort and stewards and can again offer their Fantalk in the foyer. In addition to more comfort for spectators, more atmosphere and fewer Organization costs the lions naturally hope that it will soon become more crowded. "We have to work to get the full stands again," Mittmann knows. But also that this may not last too much longer for his financially weak organization.

Grizzlies Wolfsburg: At the Grizzlys Wolfsburg in the German ice hockey league applies the 2G rule. Only vaccinated and recovered people are allowed in the ice arena. There is an exception for children and young people under 18, who do not have to show anything. However, the Grizzlies recommend that this age group be tested before visiting the stadium. There are no further restrictions. The hall (4503 seats) may again fully utilized will be, a mask obligation does not exist.

Attendance has been limited so far. In the first six home games of the strongly started vice champion came on average 1400 spectators. Season record attendance was last the 1810 visitors at the 6:5 n. V. against Augsburg on 8. October.

"In terms of atmosphere, it again a home game event", says Simon Druhmel. He is head of marketing and sales for the Grizzlies. His colleague Ann-Katrin Springer, head of ticketing and merchandising, says: "The restrictions you have during your visit to the ice arena are minimal, so you can talk about it being almost like it used to be."

The Grizzlies have sold just under 600 season tickets so far. "We're glad," says Springer, "that we have the at all again spectators may welcome. Of course, we are not yet satisfied with the cut." Druhmel adds: "Due to our cautious spectator calculation, however, we are in the good position of being able to wait and see."

In the Allerpark, they can well understand that some fans are still exercising restraint "out of fear of and uncertainty about Corona" (Springer). However, the introduction of the 2G rule has so far not led to any significant loss of spectators, according to the Grizzlies. Springer: "We have not had to take back a single season ticket because of that."

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