From organising contact tracing to permitting a restricted quantity of followers in stands, golf equipment throughout Europe have studied varied options to let folks watch their groups play in stadiums.

If carried out, Union Berlin’s plan could be a primary. The membership stated ticket holders must check adverse to the coronavirus inside 24 hours of the sport and carry the check’s outcome together with their ticket.

When most European nations had been within the early phases of the pandemic, some soccer video games in late February and early March contributed to the unfold of the virus, earlier than leagues suspended their season — or canceled it altogether.

With games now played behind closed doors, stadiums have been depleted of those who once made them roar and bristle with life. And for many, the financial loss caused by the absence of tickets sales is critical.

Most of Union Berlin’s stadium 22,000 seats are terraces on which fans stand close together, so social distancing is not feasible, the club’s president, Dirk Zingler, said in a statement announcing the free coronavirus tests.

“And if we aren’t allowed to sing and shout, then it’s not Union, ” he said.

Beyond the logistics and cost of providing over 20,000 tests several times a month, the club may run into other obstacles: Large gatherings are banned in Berlin until Oct. 24, and even with tests, crowds could prove risky.

In Switzerland, FC Zurich had to postpone two games after it said on Saturday that several members of its staff and at least one player had tested positive for the coronavirus, in what may await other teams as they finish the current season.


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