April 20 – A Danish club has come up with an ingenious way of letting fans watch games live when the league there eventually resumes: Drive-in football.
Danish Superliga leaders FC Midtjylland are planning to implement the idea to compensate for matches played in empty stadiums because of Covid-19, enabling fans to be as close as possible to the action while also remaining at a safe distance from the comfort of their cars.
Under the plan, initially around 2,000 cars will be allowed to park around the stadium to watch games on two giant screens, with the possibility of 10,000 spectators being present. Fans will also be able to access TV commentary through their car radios.
“The empty stands should not separate us when the 3F Super League and our pursuit of the goal resumes,” the club said in a statement. “We therefore invite LIVE drive-in football at MCH Arena.”
Football in Denmark has been suspended indefinitely, along with the vast majority of Europe.
Midtjylland marketing and support director Preben Rokkjaer added: “In the coming time when we unfortunately have to play the Super League without spectators, we are working hard to create the best possible experience.
“[Drive-in football] will go a long way to giving something back to the region and our many loyal fans.
“We have a stated goal of creating the best stadium experience and coronavirus doesn’t change that, it just provides some other preconditions. We are in close dialogue with the police, the Herning Municipality and MCH to create a safe framework and security for everyone.”
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