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Bundesliga stadiums are full again in time for the season finale

By March 31, 2022Sports games

The Bundesliga will have full stadiums for the first time in months this weekend as coronavirus restrictions are lifted across Germany in time for the season finale.

Union Berlin have sold all 22,012 tickets for their home game against Cologne on Friday. Borussia Dortmund host Leipzig on Saturday at a sold-out Westfalenstadion.

“We are looking forward to 81,365 spectators in the most beautiful stadium in the world,” Dortmund said on their website.

Next week, Bayern Munich are hoping for a capacity of 75,000 spectators for their derby against Bavarian rivals Augsburg on April 9. League leaders play fifth-placed Freiburg this weekend.

“The fans are the essence of football and make the matches in our stadium something unique, especially now in the decisive phase of the season,” said Bayern vice-president Jan-Christian Dreesen after the Bavarian cabinet agreed on Tuesday to remove restrictions from Sunday per National. guidelines.

Face masks are also being phased out and will no longer be mandatory when playing games.

Thursday is the last day of restrictions in Berlin, giving Union its long-awaited return to full capacity. The club had taken a stance against keeping fans away from matches as a measure against COVID-19 infections.

Now, finally, others agree, despite stubbornly high infection rates that persist across the country.

Germany recorded 274,901 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours on Thursday, as the seven-day rate of infections stood at 1,625.1 per 100,000 population. There have been 279 infection-related deaths, bringing Germany’s total to nearly 130,000 since the start of the pandemic.

The last time Union were able to host a full stadium was on November 20 for the 2-0 derby win over Hertha Berlin. Bayern’s last sold-out game was against Freiburg on November 6.

The Bavarian powerhouse are six points clear of Borussia Dortmund and are closing in on a record 10th consecutive league title with seven games remaining.

Bayern will also play a Champions League quarter-final home-and-away against Spanish side Villarreal in April.

If Dortmund drop points against Leipzig on Saturday, or against Stuttgart or Wolfsburg in their next matches, Bayern could potentially claim the Bundesliga title when they face Dortmund in Munich on April 23.

There is arguably more excitement at the other end of the table with three teams – Hertha Berlin, Augsburg and Stuttgart – all tied on 26 points. Last, Greuther Fürth is 11 points behind from the three before his visit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Second-to-bottom Arminia Bielefeld (25 points) hosts improving Stuttgart on Saturday, when Hertha visit third-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Hertha coach Felix Magath has recovered from his coronavirus infection and will be able to take charge for the first time after missing out on his debut against Hoffenheim before the international break. Hertha’s 3-0 win under substitute Mark Fotheringham was the team’s first of the year and ended a nine-game winless streak.

Augsburg have played one game less than their rivals. It hosts Wolfsburg on Sunday, then Mainz for their postponed match against the coronavirus on Wednesday, before facing Bayern next weekend.

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