Negligent or brilliant? Union Berlin’s spectacular plan

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Union Berlin wants to be able to play at full ranks again in September for all viewers at home with corona tests.

Source: Keystone

The Bundesliga club Union Berlin, coached by Swiss coach Urs Fischer, wants to play in a full stadium again in September with corona tests for more than 22,000 spectators.

However, the ambitious plan still has to be presented to the responsible authorities. The hurdles are high.

“First talks with possible partners” to implement the concept with tests for the corona virus for all stadium visitors would already be underway, said the Köpenicker. If the framework conditions are specified, the concept should be presented to the responsible health authority and the state of Berlin, and then publicly.

Access only with a negative test result

With its project, which has so far been unique in Germany, Union is making a major stir in the public debate about when professional football will again be possible in front of spectators. From the first day of the upcoming season at the latest, the club wants to achieve “full capacity” at the An der Alten Försterei stadium. With the help of corona tests, this should be possible for all 22,012 cardholders and all those present on site.

“You will then have access to the stadium with a valid admission ticket and a negative test result, which must not be older than 24 hours at the time the stadium is closed,” the message said. Different possibilities would be examined “to be able to use the sufficient test capacities within 24 hours.”

Large events with more than 1000 people are currently prohibited in Berlin until October 24th. The start of the new Bundesliga season is scheduled for September 18.


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