Service Mönchengladbach On Saturday it will be almost four months since well over 10,000 spectators were allowed to watch a game in Borussia Park. Now the capacity has been increased again. These corona rules apply to Hertha BSC.
In sporting terms, the number is a glimmer of hope: in front of well over 10,000 fans, Borussia Mönchengladbach has not lost a home game this season. At the beginning of December, at the same time as the capacity was reduced again, a series of defeats began, most recently there was a win against FC Augsburg and a draw against VfL Wolfsburg. On Saturday in the relegation duel against Hertha BSC (6.30 p.m.), for the first time since the 4-0 win against SpVgg Greuther Fürth on November 20th, significantly more spectators can come to Borussia Park, at that time the capacity was 48,500.
The club submitted an application on Tuesday and submitted a hygiene concept in order to be able to admit more than the 25,000 fans previously approved. As the city of Mönchengladbach informed our editors in the evening, the capacity on Saturday is now 34,500 spectators – as many as once fit into the Bökelberg Stadium.
The current Corona Protection Ordinance in North Rhine-Westphalia allows special regulations to be passed again locally in coordination between the organizers and the authorities. 1. FC Köln played against TSG Hoffenheim last Sunday in front of 37,500 fans, which corresponds to 75 percent of the stadium’s capacity. In Gladbach it is now 64 percent.
The 2G Plus rule still applies on Saturday. “Only fully vaccinated and recovered fans who also have a negative test result (rapid antigen test no more than 24 hours old or PCR test no more than 48 hours old) will be admitted. The test can be replaced by a booster vaccination (third vaccination),” says the association. In addition, the mask requirement applies throughout.
The majority of the tickets for the Hertha game were automatically issued to holders of a so-called season ticket plus and holders of a season ticket for seats. Anyone who has a season ticket for standing room has been able to secure one of the remaining tickets since 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Advance sales for club and fan project members began on Wednesday at 10 a.m., and free sale of the remaining contingent begins at 6 p.m.
And even the 34,500 are probably only a short intermediate step to full capacity. According to the current status, Borussia Park could be sold out again on April 3 against Mainz 05 and thus also on April 16 in the derby against Cologne. The federal-state conference announced this a few weeks ago. It is unclear under what conditions full capacity would be possible and what role the currently increasing corona incidence will play until then.
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