A full hall does not mean a full stadium for this year’s European Championships affected by coronavirus.
All 11 host cities – from Glasgow to St. Petersburg and Seville to Bucharest – have agreed to allow at least some fans into their stadiums for Euro 2020 matches. However, pandemic restrictions could still affect the final figures – even when the tournament is due to open on Friday in Rome.
Most should be in the east, with Budapest, Baku and St. Petersburg expected to fill between 50% and 100% of capacity. In Hungary, this means that a possible 68,000 fans – the full capacity of the stadium for Arena Puskas – can be there to watch matches involving the host nation, which will host both Cristiano Ronaldo and European champions Portugal, and Killian Mbape and World Cup champion France.
Portugal and France will also play each other in the city on June 23, advancing to the round of 16, possibly online.
Baku and St. Petersburg want their stadiums to be half full. In Azerbaijan, this could mean 35,000 spectators for the three matches in the group and one quarterfinal match, while in Russia it could be about 30,000 for six matches in the group and the quarterfinals.
“The first priority, the second priority and the third priority of the tournament is always the safety of the fans,” said Martin Cullen, CEO of UEFA Events, a trading company run by the governing body.
“It’s important for everyone to have a viewer back – it’s a step towards normalcy for all of us in society.
“But with that, we want the supporters to be sensible and plan ahead. Come on time; don’t rush to the stadium. Wear a mask. Keep your distance from others when possible and make safety a priority in everything you do.”
Most other stadiums are expected to fill about 25% of capacity, with Munich being the lowest at 22% and some others reaching up to 45%.
London, which will host the most matches of the tournament with eight matches, is expected to have a 25% capacity at Wembley Stadium. This number can be increased for both semi-final matches and the final.
Foreign fans are not banned from attending matches in other countries, but there are protocols that must be followed for travelers across the continent. UEFA has created a special page on the tournament’s website for up-to-date information.
“Football without fans is not the same and it is very important to bring them back,” Kalen said in an interview published on the Euro 2020 website, “so I will be very, very happy to see fans during the tournament and we can feel pleased that we were able to accomplish this. “