Doors opening. Austrian Bundesliga to let home fans back into stadia for September’s restart

August 7 – Austrian football fans will be allowed to attend next season’s Bundesliga, the Austrian football league has announced, with attendances limited to up to 10,000 fans.

The Austrian top flight kicks off on September 11 and as part of the plans on the road back to ‘normality’ as Bundesliga chairman Christian Ebenbauer called it, spectators observing local health restrictions will be allowed into live matches.  However, away fans will not be allowed in stadia.

Rapid, Salzburg and Sturm Graz will be clubs with the capacity and space to apply the upper limit of 10,000 fans whereas Austria Vienna will be able to allow between 7,500 and 8,000 fans into its stadium. TSV Hartberg, a smaller club, can fill up to 2,500 seats with a mask requirement. LASK Linz, eliminated from the Europa League by Manchester United earlier this week, announced that it might want to move from Pasching to the larger Linz stadium.

The news comes in the same week that Germany’s Bundesliga has said it is ready to welcome back fans next season in line with local health restrictions. In Bulgaria, fans can return to stadiums this Friday when the new season kicks off, but ground capacities have been halved.

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