Italian stadiums opened to 75 per cent capacity

by | Oct 7, 2021 18:20

The Italian Government has approved the opening of football stadiums to 75 per cent capacity, with hopes to reach 100 per cent within weeks.

The arenas are currently only at 50 per cent capacity due to COVID restrictions, a situation that has irritated clubs and fans alike.

From the stage of the Festival del Calcio in Trento, Undersecretary of State for Sport Valentina Vezzali announced the development.

“The decision has been made, the capacity will be 75 per cent in open-air stadiums and 60 per cent for closed arenas,” said Vezzali.

“I hope that in circa 15 days we can reach 100 per cent. This is a small sign of support for the world of sport.”

The decision had been expected several weeks ago, ahead of the Nations League, but caution remains paramount when dealing with the pandemic.

Stadiums will be open up to 75 per cent capacity for the return of Serie A fixtures next weekend.

However, only those with a valid Green Pass can enter, which holds proof of double vaccination, or evidence of recent recovery from COVID-19 or a recent negative COVID-19 test posted within 48 hours of the event.

epa07986195 Sampdoria's fans before the Italian Serie A soccer match Uc Sampdoria vs Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio at Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy, 10 November 2019. EPA-EFE/SIMONE ARVEDA

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