Per an official release on Bayern Munich’s website, the club will offer free coronavirus PCR tests through Ecolog on September 21 and 22 for all of the fans planning on travelling to Budapest, Hungary, for the UEFA Supercup against Sevilla. UEFA has allocated 3,000 tickets for Bayern supporters to enter the Puskas Arena in Budapest, which is set to be 30% full for the match.
Ecolog is currently in charge of performing coronavirus tests at Munich’s airport, but on September 21 and 22, they’ll do free tests for Bayern cardholder members at the Allianz Arena. A negative coronavirus PCR test in English is required for all fans travelling to Budapest to be allowed entry, as well as a ticket to the match and the completion of a detailed health check once they’ve arrived in Hungary. Once the fans are inside the stadium on match day, they’ll have their temperatures screened and will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing protocols.
The Supercup will be the first occasion where fans are allowed back into stadiums for UEFA, though some fans have already been allowed back in different cities across Europe, albeit under strict guidelines. Just last week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said that the Supercup would serve as “a pilot test from which we can learn useful lessons about what needs to be done for the season — always keeping in mind that government protocols and decisions must be strictly followed.” Hopefully it will provide a blueprint for how UEFA can proceed for matches in all of its competitions this season.