09Apr2021

Dutch football stadiums confirmed to reopen by the end of April

KNVB announced that a limited number of fans will be allowed back inside the stadiums to create pilot events with rapid tests, hoping to have fans inside the stadium for the rest of the season.

Following several Fieldlab tests, the government in the Netherlands has decided to test on a larger scale and allow visitors into the stadiums of all first and second division teams in the country for one match week. With this initiative, the government wants to test if matches can be organised safely, as recent studies already showed promising results.

“This is a very nice, new step: for the first time this season, we will have spectators in the stands for all matches. With only a couple of matchweeks to go, it is realistic that this season will end as we started: with supporters in the stadiums.” Eric Gudde, Director of Paid Football at KNVB

Almere City FC welcomed 1,300 fans back to to the stadium for an experiment

A small group of ESSMA Members already learned more about the return of fans to stadiums in the Netherlands. During our second ESSMA Connect session Almere City FC shared their learnings as they hosted one of the Fieldlab test events. You can read the highlights or rewatch the livestream on our website!

Read the highlights

Business Services e-Workshop on the return to stadiums

Matthijs Wiersma from KNVB and Dimitri Bonthuis from Fieldlab will present their learnings and insights during our e-Workshop on the return to stadiums. In addition, Francesco Gianello joins us with a presentation on Juventus’ approach to this challenge and Emily Bartlett from Cricket Australia will talk about the use of a bio passport in order to safely return to stadiums.

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