Good Morning Fear The Wall,
The pandemic does appear to be never ending, but there are some signs of things returning to normal, and that includes the return of football fans to stadiums across Europe. This includes stadiums in the Westfalenstadion, which will host 25,000 fans for BVB’s opening game of the Bundesliga stadium, against Frankfurt. That’s still a fraction of the stadium’s total capacity, but it’s a big improvement on the empty stadiums we have got used to over the last 18 months.
➡️|On Saturday against Frankfurt, 25k fans are expected at the Westfalenstadion.— BVB Newsblog (@bvbnewsblog) August 11, 2021
However, only vaccinated people or those who have already recovered are allowed into the stadium.
H.J. Watzke has already mentioned that vaccination is the only way to normality.
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Watzke used the opening of the stadium to fans as an opportunity to push the need for vaccinations in Germany. Only vaccinated folks will be allowed to attend, so if you want to watch BVB this season? Better get the jab! He’s right that the vaccine is one of the keys to society returning to normality, and given some countries don’t have the kind of access to vaccines that many of us in Europe and North America do, we should make the most of the supply here!
Personally, I’m pumped for the opportunity to return to football stadiums this season. I’ve not been in Europe the last few years, so I haven’t watched a ton of live football recently, but I’m planning to get to a bunch of Dulwich Hamlet games, some Saints, and maybe even a BVB match or two.
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I’m going to be missing the game on Saturday to go to a beer festival in East London. I have no regrets. What will you be doing for the first Bundesliga game of the season?