At long last, Bayern Munich will be playing in front of a full house.
The club officially announced that the Allianz Arena will be at full capacity starting from the 23rd of October, when Bayern play TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, the first home game following the international break. It will be the first time that Bayern play in a full stadium since March 2020(vs Augsburg, 2-0 win).
Bayern’s vice-chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen told the club website: “We’re delighted, especially for our fans, that full spectator capacity is now once again permitted in our Allianz Arena. We will carefully take all necessary precautions to continue to ensure the highest level of safety and the health of spectators.”
The entry of spectators will be dependent on the 3G-Plus rule, meaning that only people who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19, or can provide a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours. Children under the age of six or not enrolled in school, or currently undergoing school testing will be exempt from the rules.
Masks will not be required inside the stadium, and social distancing rules will not be enforced. The ban on alcohol in the stadium will also be lifted, a welcome bit of news to most spectators.
After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Allianz Arena first let in spectators at a 250 person capacity on the last matchday of last season(also vs Augsburg, 5-2 win), before letting in a little over 10,000 during Euro 2020. As the new season kicked off, up to 25,000 spectators were allowed inside the stadium for the first few games. Now, finally, Bayern will be able to play in front of their usual 75,000 fans.
Hopefully the team will be extra motivated by them, and will reward the fans’ patience with a win.