Early this evening, Borussia Dortmund received the good news that spectators will be allowed to attend this Saturday's Bundesliga home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach! We expect to be able to host around 10,000 fans at Signal Iduna Park.
"Bundesliga football clubs, but also clubs and associations of other sports, have a lot to be happy about today. That's certainly how we feel at BVB," said Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke in his opening statement, going on to add: "I would like to thank all the politicians who have contributed to today's decision over the past few weeks. At the same time, I feel a great obligation to ensure that we as clubs, together with the fans involved, act in an extremely responsible manner during this trial period in the coming weeks. In any case, the partial re-admission of spectators that has now been approved is a very important step for all football fans in Germany."
This good news is accompanied by various regulations which we want to uphold together. In particular, the club is required to allocate the quota of tickets, at least for the Bundesliga opener on Saturday, only to spectators who reside in Dortmund or North Rhine-Westphalia. This is to ensure the best possible tracking in the event of an infection.
All other season ticket holders should rest assured: we remain in talks with the authorities and we hope that the lessons learned from the game against Mönchengladbach will enable us to extend the group of potential attendees at future home matches to include all season ticket holders and eventually all club members.