Bayern Munich claimed a first for the German Bundesliga at the weekend by implementing an automated 3G check at all entrances to the Allianz Arena courtesy of SKIDATA.

Bayern hosted its first home match of the 2021-22 season on Sunday, with 20,000 fans being permitted to watch the 3-2 win over FC Köln.

In association with partner, access solutions company SKIDATA, a so-called 3G certificate, for the fully vaccinated, recovered or fully tested individuals, was required for entry to the Allianz Arena.

For this, fans had to first present their admission ticket and then the relevant COVID-19 certificate at the security check. Then, in addition to an admission ticket, digital 3G proof also had to be scanned at the turnstiles via the QR code stored in the CovPass app or Corona-Warn-App.

Spectators carrying only physical proof received a QR code from the stewards on-site. Bayern has today (Wednesday) announced that the Bavaria state government has given the club the green light to raise the capacity limit at Allianz Arena to 25,000 with immediate effect.

SKIDATA said that Bayern fans were the first in the world to self-check their admission ticket along with their COVID-19 pass directly at the turnstile.

Oliver Meßthaler, Bayern’s director of ticketing services, security and facility management, said: “The Green Pass solution, which was developed in close cooperation between SKIDATA and FC Bayern München, worked exactly as it should. Admission to the game on Saturday was trouble-free.

“It was just perfect. With the Green Pass solution, we are at the forefront. All other so-called ‘solutions’ with the need of much staff for additional manually operated control are out of the question for us as they are not sustainable. We know we can rely on SKIDATA, especially when it comes to new, groundbreaking solutions.”

SKIDATA has said it is currently in the process of rolling out the technology in several EU and non-EU countries.