UEFA allows standing room in European Cup – German clubs at full capacity…

UEFA allows standing room in European Cup – German clubs at full capacity…

The 8 German stadiums in figures

After decades, UEFA will allow the sale of standing room tickets again in the next European Cup season. In Germany, France and England, fans are allowed to watch Champions League, Europa League and Conference League matches « in accordance with national and local law », the governing body announced on Wednesday. . Excluded are the respective finals, which anyway do not take place in the three countries. The eight German representatives this season can therefore make full use of their stadium capacities for the Bundesliga also internationally. In Dortmund, for example, more than 15,000 people can now watch a match in « first class ».

Germany’s 8 European Cup stadiums by percentage of standing places

1 – Union Berlin | At the old forest lodge | 83.6% standing room

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Capacity: 22,012 | Total standing places: 18,395

2 – SC Freiburg | Europa-Park Stadium | 35.7% standing room

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Capacity: 34,700 | Total standing places: 12,400

3 – Borussia Dortmund | Signal Iduna Park | 34.8% standing room

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Capacity: 81,365 | Total standing places: 28,337

4 – RB Leipzig | Red Bull Arena | 12.3% standing room

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Capacity: 42,146 | Total standing places: 5,000

5-Bayern Munich | Allianz Arena | 21.1% standing room

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Capacity: 75,024 | Total standing places: 15,794

6 – Eintracht Frankfurt | Deutsche Bank Arena | 18.1% standing room

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Capacity: 51,500 | Total standing places: 9,300

7 – 1 Köln | RheinEnergie Stadium | 16.4% standing room

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Capacity: 50,000 | Total standing places: 8,175

8 – Bayer Leverkusen | BayArena | 14.9% standing room

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Capacity: 30,210 | Total standing places: 4,500

ARD « Sportschau » previously reported on the UEFA Executive Committee’s decision, which initially applies to one season. UEFA’s standing room ban was imposed in the 1990s. Of the German representatives in all three competitions, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund were the first to react to the decision and celebrate. According to their own statements, both had been campaigning for the pass for years. « For a long time standing room at the international games deserved a chance again, » said Frankfurt board member Philipp Reschke. Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke welcomed BVB and stressed: « I ask all fans to use this opportunity responsibly next season. »

UEFA will carry out an evaluation of the test phase at the end of the 2022/23 season. The European governing body said: « UEFA will commission independent experts to analyze the use of standing room facilities at domestic and international club matches in these countries to assess the different dynamics between domestic and international fans and the associated security implications. » In the Champions League, champions Bayern Munich will be joined by Europa League winners Frankfurt, as well as Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig. SC Freiburg and Union Berlin start in the Europa League and 1. FC Köln in the Conference League.


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