Sad Corona anniversary!
A year ago, FC Bayern played in front of fans in the Allianz Arena for the last time. 75,000 spectators were on March 8, 2020 in the 2-0 win against Augsburg. Then the corona pandemic struck.
The Munich team was hit particularly hard: As the only Bundesliga stadium, the arena remained empty all the time! And an end to the “ghost games” is not in sight …
Before the league kick-off in September 2020, 7500 spectators were initially allowed on Wednesday evening (16.9.). The city of Munich tipped the partial permit on Thursday (September 17) – just one day before the game against Schalke (8: 0).
All other Bundesliga clubs have played in front of some of their fans at least once since March 2020! Even FC Augsburg, the second Bavarian Bundesliga club …
The record champions were only allowed to play in front of fans away from home – five times: at the Club World Cup in Qatar (semifinals / finals), at the Uefa Supercup in Budapest, at Lok Moscow and in Hoffenheim.
The Allianz Arena was empty 23 times! In addition, the home games in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League were canceled because of the final tournament in Lisbon.
A total of 100 million euros in viewer income went through the rag for Bayern in the Corona year! There are also lower sales of jerseys.
President Herbert Hainer (66) explains: “We are missing around four million euros for ticketing and catering for each home game.”
In terms of sport, however, things have never been as good: Hansi Flick’s (56) team won all six titles of the season for the first time!
In the Bayern magazine “51”, ex-President Uli Hoeneß (69) said: “The curious thing is that our team has been playing the most beautiful football in a long time since last spring, always at the top level. It seems to me that our players have made it their personal mission to make the fans out there especially happy during this pandemic. They manage it brilliantly. “
A nice consolation. Still it remains empty, sad …