On Tuesday, the Berlin Senate passed new corona rules, including new audience capacity requirements at events at the Alte Försterei and the Olympic Stadium. However, the exact wording had led to different interpretations. In response to a request for a kicker, the Senate Department of Home Affairs and Sports has now provided clarification.
Limited spectator capacities for the Olympic Stadium and Alte Försterei apply from 1 December.
Large events with more than 2000 people in the open air can only be approved in Berlin from December 1 “up to an absolute number of 5000 spectators at full capacity and for the part exceeding 5000 people with a maximum of 50 for cent of the remaining capacity, “the Senate said on Tuesday.
Ambiguity in the capital
As a result, there was uncertainty in the capital as to the future number of spectators allowed for matches in the 1. FC Union and Hertha BSC stadiums. Depending on the bill, there were upper limits of 13,500 or 16,000 for the Alte Försterei, in which the Union plays its home Bundesliga and Cup games, and 39,738 or 42,238 for the Olympic stadium, in which the Hertha BSC plays.
On Wednesday, the Senate interior and sports department solved the riddle. “According to the new regulations, the following occupancy rates are possible: Alte Försterei 13,500 and Olympiastadion 39,738. This is calculated as follows: if the number of spectators exceeds 5,000, 50% of the remaining free space can be added “, said the official. Department of the Senate. The simplest way to calculate stadium capacity is: “Maximum stadium capacity minus 5000 divided by two”. The capacity of the Alte Försterei is officially 22,012 spectators, that of the Olympic stadium 74,475.
Union in front of nearly 40,000 at the Olympic stadium
Both Hertha and 1. FC Union are affected by the Olympic Stadium regulations. The Irons play their European Cup home matches on the pitch of their city rivals. On December 9, coach Urs Fischer Slavia Prague’s team host Prague for the final group match of the Europa Conference League – in front of a maximum of 39,738 spectators.
Capacity for the Hertha duel with Augsburg still open
However, the new regulations do not eliminate all the ambiguities. How many spectators will be allowed to attend Hertha’s next Bundesliga home match against FC Augsburg (Saturday, 3.30 p.m., LIVE! On kicker.de) in the Olympic Stadium is still open. The game will take place before the new rules come into effect on December 1. Hertha had – like the Union for the Capital Derby the week before – submitted a request for full use of her soil under 2G conditions, but also formulated alternative use scenarios.
A decision on this should be made today, Wednesday or Thursday.