By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Bundesliga Fan Scene: The nationwide "plans for fans" ahead of matchday 27

After over two long years of COVID-related restrictions, this coming weekend shall be the first that all German sports venues are once again permitted to operate at full capacity!

March 20th, 2022 finally arrives this coming Sunday!

All three Bundesliga clubs hosting matches on that date (Leipzig, Wolfsburg, and Köln) are preparing to pack the house if possible. The remaining six hosting locales function under hybrid arrangements for one final weekend.

We're happy to supply the full updates here on Bulinews.
March 20th, 2022.

The historic date is finally nearly at hand. While there is still some legal wrangling/logistical planning still left to attend to for some German football clubs, all three hosting matches this Sunday have made preparations to welcome full capacity crowds on the very first day that it is allowed across the country.

With great pride and boundless enthusiasm, Bundesliga lovers are pleased to proclaim the return of what we consider one of our greatest national treasures. It is naturally bittersweet that--after two long years--the full return of the Bundesliga fan scene must take place before such a dour geopolitical backdrop.

Even in these tense and trying times for the European continent, reverie and merriment will take place across the Bundesrepublik this weekend. Just as we did last week, we're pleased to provide up-to-date ticket availability information for all the fixtures scheduled to take place in the coming three days. For the first time in two rounds, a full slate of nine fixtures is on the docket.

Borussia Mönchengladbach (at) VfL Bochum

Planned capacity = 25,000 (90.5%)

The Castrop' isn't quite ready for full capacity yet due to the lingering NRW regulations still in place for two more days. One may still wish to bet on the home side here as the atmosphere is sure to be rousing at the Ruhrstadion. Nothing stands in the way of a great fixture to raise the curtain on the 2021/22 German Bundesliga's 27th round.

The club has already sold out all of its tickets.

FC Augsburg (at) VfB Stuttgart

Planned capacity = 60,449 (full house)

Even an iffy team playing on one of the Bundesliga's notoriously iffy pitches can still attract a sell-out crown. Some 51,000 tickets have already been snatched up on public sale. The rest are going fast, but there are still plenty of seats available for purchase through the club's website as of this morning.

Since we do like to cover all things fan-related in this column, we might as well mention that some of the VfB stewards recently got sanctioned for acting "disproportionately harsh" toward the visiting Gladbach fan-block during a recent round 25 fixture. Some club stewards have lost their jobs. Others must attend "de-escalation training".


Arminia Bielefeld (at) FSV Mainz 05

Planned capacity = 25,000 (73.4%)

Even in defeat this past Wednesday night, some 25,000 supporters in the MEWE Arena facilitated a great atmosphere until the very end. The same number are invited back to the Pfälzer capital on Saturday to watch the Rheinhessen take on Bielefeld. All those of us who have had the privilege of watching the Nullfünfter live highly recommend a visit to this venue.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (at) Hertha BSC

Planned capacity = 25,000 (33.5%)

Err...anyone want to come to the Olympiastadion? Be careful about saying yes right away as--as cursed as this club has been as of late--an asteroid may very well descend on Charlottenburg over the weekend. Anyone still concerned about social distancing can easily pick a seat away from everyone else on the club's website.

SC Freiburg (at) SpVgg Greuther Fürth

Planned capacity = 13,800 (83.0%)

Er....How about the Ronhof? Actually, it might surprise some to learn that--despite what transpired last weekend--tickets are actually going fast in Middle Franconia. Locals don't have many opportunities left to watch Bundesliga football in town. Moreover, the opponent is an intriguing one. This match might sell out.

FC Union Berlin (at) Bayern München

Planned capacity = 35,000 (46.6%)

The defending champions officially confirmed a crowd allowance increase of 10,000 on Friday. This pushes attendance to just under half of the Allianz Arena's capacity. While most of us had expected that Bavarian and local municipal authorities would take matters slowly, there was still some hope that the FCB would get clearance for a full-house crowd one day before restrictions are set to be struck across the Bundesrepublik.

In any event, some passes are still available through direct registration on the club's website. As is always the case, the secondary exchanges will remain active right up until the hours before kickoff. Those truly wishing to attend the Saturday night Top-spiel can likely find a way.

Eintracht Frankfurt (at) RB Leipzig

Planned capacity = 47,069 (full house)

What may be the weekend's best offering is set to take place in front of a full house. The Saxons, upon learning that nationwide restrictions were set to fall on March 20th, proactively ensured that they would be able to take full advantage on Day One. There are still some seats available through the club's website and the coordinated secondary exchanges will operate through Sunday.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen (at) VfL Wolfsburg

Planned capacity = 30,000 (full house)

Germany's green company team prepares to welcome a full house if there are enough willing to attend in the Northern Autostadt. The club wishes to emphasize that the "2G" regulation remains in effect. In point of fact the "2G" regulation remains in effect for all football matches. Only those with proper vaccination/recovery documentation can enter everywhere.

As is customary in this Lower Saxon town, plenty of seats are available.

Borussia Dortmund (at) 1. FC Köln

Planned capacity = 50,000 (full house)

The cathedral city--being part of Nordrhein-Westfalen--needed a special dispensation to get full clearance for a full house, even on the day that nationwide restrictions fell. This was obtained on Thursday. Nothing quite like a capacity crowd at the RheinEnergieStadion. Football lovers with the ability to tune in won't want to miss out on this one.

Unfortunately, the remaining 12,500 tickets set on sale are reserved for club members. The Effzeh don't coordinate a secondary ticket exchange.

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