The visitors, who are tested for the corona virus in advance, are divided over various ‘bubbles’. In each bubble, a certain measure is tested to prevent the spread of the corona virus, such as the use of masks and whether or not to cheer.
It is not yet clear when the trial can start. This is only possible once the risk level is ‘vigilant’, the lowest category. In most regions the risk level is now ‘very serious’, in some it is ‘serious’.
The stadiums of Almere City FC and NEC will serve as locations for the experiment, where spectators sit within 1.5 meters of each other. The KNVB hopes that all football clubs will be able to receive a limited number of supporters in their stadiums again as soon as possible, similar to the situation at the start of the season.
“In parallel with the re-admission of a limited number of spectators, we also want to investigate as soon as possible whether we could safely receive more visitors than until now,” said the union.
Many professional football clubs had already shown an interest in participating in the trial. Besides NEC and Almere City FC also Ajax and PSV. The test with the return of the public at football matches is part of ‘Back to Live’, a project of the events industry to which the KNVB and sports umbrella NOC * NSF are also affiliated.
“At the moment there are several options for the location,” says program manager Pieter Lubberts of Fieldlab Events, who set up ‘Back to Live’. “The main question is in which region the contamination level will fall the fastest. We are preparing the practical test. We have to wait and see where and when it will take place. ”
The 1,500 football fans who are then allowed to enter the stadium will receive a list of questions about their health before and after the game. Everyone is tested for the corona virus beforehand. This may also be done with a quick test at the gate of the stadium. “In this way we generate extra data,” says Lubberts.
Several ‘bubbles’ are created to test various things. The visitors sitting in the same bubble use the same entrance, the same toilets and catering points and sit in the same grandstand spaces. “In this way, we combat the risk of contamination in a very controlled manner. And when it happens, you can quickly identify which group it is, ”says Lubberts. “How do people keep to the rules? How many contact moments are there and how long do they last? We are all going to investigate that. ”