The team played, there was an audience in Fontajau and everything went well. Was an overweight removed?
People behaved exemplary, paying attention to all the rules and instructions that we had been explaining from the club these days, and this has made the balance very positive. We are very happy because we were able to enjoy a good basketball show normally.
They were the first to dare to open the doors in a pavilion. Are they the ones who have done it best or the bravest?
We have worked hard to be able to fit our subscribers in Fontajau. We have always thought of them. From the moment the Generalitat made public the plan for the unbundling of Catalan sport, we set to work and were the first to present a specific match plan for our matches and we have passed all the Health checks so that ‘ns approved. Now, some clubs have asked us for help in making their plans.
In July, when they put season tickets for cohabitation groups on the table, there were skeptical people. It has now been shown to work.
Yes. During the confinement I was in the sector of the world of sports and it was already clear that coexistence groups were a good option because if you live with a group of people, you should be able to go with them to a sports show. We wanted the families who come to Fontajau to be able to continue doing so, because if they put one person and left all the seats around them free, I think that only about 800 people could enter Fontajau.
When the CSD protocol came out with a maximum of 500 people in the pavilions did they have any doubts?
No, because it was a recommendation. We knew that each Autonomous Community could decide based on the situation in each territory at any given time. Doubts came more from the pressures we saw in the press or from calls from subscribers, but I spoke to the Generalitat and they told me that our plan was approved. It was clear that a pavilion like ours with more than 5,000 people is not the same as a pavilion of 1,000 with a capacity of 500. In Fontajau, 500 people would not be even 10% of the capacity. It would have made no sense.
Now that they’ve tried it, is the idea to play with audiences all year long?
The idea is this. Keep playing with the public, but we will always have to adapt to the situation in the country. If conditions get complicated and by doing things right we can fit people in Fontajau, we will continue to do so. We want all our subscribers to be able to come to Fontajau. Now, we still have to open the process to subscribe to the players and families of the base, but we already have about 1,600 subscribers.
So, with a good match and a good schedule, do you see yourself approaching this limit of 2,100 spectators in Fontajau?
Suppose so. Gradually, it won’t be easy, because the situation is what it is, and there are people who are a little scared. As more and more people see that they can come safely, more and more people will come to Fontajau. The Uni fans are very loyal and we have always had good crowds in the pavilion.
Will tickets be sold at any time?
No. It is part of the protocol. We asked for permission for subscribers and will not sell tickets. This year only subscribers will be able to come to Fontajau.
In the Euroleague it will be difficult to watch matches in Fontajau. How do you see the “bubbles”?
It has been an imposition. It was not our choice. We, like most teams such as the French, wanted to start playing in league format. But there were others who did not see clearly the cost of the controls needed to play each week and it was decided that the “bubbles” which is surely the least expensive formula economically.
Would organizing a “bubble” in Fontajau be viable?
They are not defined where they will be made. We cannot rule it out. It should be analyzed to see what they ask for to host it. But first we need to know where the preview will be played, which is not yet clear, and if we pass it we will talk about it.
Without an audience in Fontajau they would have had to return the season ticket money. Would the club have been at risk?
The situation is already complicated in itself. All the alterations are very detrimental to the club’s budget. Obviously it would have affected us to play behind closed doors, because we have already made a commitment with subscribers to return the cost of the cards, but there are many more things. There is the whole issue of PCRs and requirements that they ask of us and unfortunately the Women’s League-1 teams have no television revenue and we depend on our sponsors, subscribers and institutions. The situation is very complicated. Not just for the Women’s League-1 teams, but for the whole sport in general which is what is at stake.
Do you think we’ll see any league clubs struggling to finish the season?
Obviously there can be clubs with problems. Paying PCRs to the entire staff each week can be a headache for the viability of some clubs in the current economic situation.