Munich cleared to welcome 14,500 fans at Euro 2020

Around 14,500 fans are set to attend UEFA Euro 2020 matches at Munich’s Allianz Arena after the state government in Bavaria gave the green light for the venue to open at up to 20% capacity.

The Allianz Arena, home of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, will host all three of Germany’s group stage matches at the tournament, as well as a quarter-final on July 2.

UEFA confirmed in April that Munich had retained its host status for Euro 2020 amid doubts over the Allianz Arena’s ability to allow fans. German authorities said at the time that the stadium would be able to welcome 14,500 fans for the tournament and this has now been ratified by the state government.

Heike Ullrich, deputy secretary general of the DFB, said: “I am very pleased that we have now finally received the green light from politicians and the authorities for the admission of spectators at the European Championship matches in Munich.

“With around 14,000 we can welcome a relevant number of spectators in Munich. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those involved and institutions who have accompanied us on this path. It is a strong signal in the direction of the international football family.”

Germany’s first Euro 2020 match will be against France at the Allianz Arena on June 15. Germany will then face Portugal on June 19 and Hungary on June 23.

The Allianz Arena has only welcomed fans once since the onset of the pandemic, with 250 supporters having attended Bayern’s Bundesliga match against FC Augsburg last month. Tickets were given to healthcare workers, club members and local children.

Euro 2020 will take place across 11 cities: Munich, London, Seville, Saint Petersburg, Rome, Budapest, Bucharest, Baku, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Glasgow. Fans will be in attendance at all matches, although capacity limits will vary depending on local guidelines.

Euro 2020 gets underway on Friday when Italy takes on Turkey at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

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