Danes plan to open stadium to fans for Copenhagen derby

June 16 – With the derby in the capital between Bröndby and FC Copenhagen taking place this weekend, Danish football fans will be allowed to return in greater numbers to stadiums.

Last weekend, 300 fans were allowed to attend topflight matches in Denmark, but that number will be increased after a green light from both the Danish top flight and local authorities.

Horsens-Randers, Lyngby – OB and the derby in the capital will host bigger crowds, but no maximum numbers of fans has been defined yet. Bröndby expects up to 3,000 fans, but it is unclear if all of those supporters will be allowed in.

Danish public health authorities don’t allow events with seating in excess of 500 people. At matches, fans will have to be seated in different sectors of the stadium, respecting social distancing rules.

Denmark was only the second country after Germany in Western Europe to restart its domestic league after the coronavirus shutdown. The Danish league garnered worldwide attention with its innovative idea of allowing fans to attend matches in a virtual way via drive-in with screens in stadium car parks.

Denmark has 12,217 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and registered 598 fatalities, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.

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