It will be a whole season without a single spectator in the stands of Anoeta because of the pandemic. It is the forecast made by Real despite the fact that the objective of LaLiga and UEFA is that there may be a public presence in a limited capacity of about 5,000 fans in the last four games of this championship. Those responsible for txuri urdin understand that the situation of the pandemic in the Basque Country and especially in Gipuzkoa, with a very disparate incidence rate that speaks of 730 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, is not conducive to allowing fans to enter the Amara Coliseum, albeit in a controlled manner, and they also foresee that the Basque Government will not allow it in any case. In fact, the Basque Government spokesman, Bingen Zubiria, has clarified that “to this day”, the Basque executive “does not contemplate” allowing people access to sports venues. He admits that for the moment they have not received any inquiries from the League or the Higher Sports Council (CSD) regarding the matter.
The plan, already endorsed by the CSD, would be launched next week. According to this, Real Sociedad-Elche, scheduled for Friday, May 7, would have to be the first to host fans in the stands. But in Anoeta no one contemplates this possibility, first because of the worrying data that the pandemic throws up and because of the alarming situation of the hospitals. In addition, on that day, May 7, a state of alarm will still be in effect called to extinguish on May 9, as announced by the Spanish Government.
One in eight seats occupied
The idea of LaLiga and the CSD contemplated issuing nominal tickets with an established entry time to the field, in such a way that the followers would access in a staggered manner, without risk of contagion. In Anoeta, if this maximum of 5,000 followers is applied, one seat in every eight could be occupied, since the capacity is for almost 40,000 attendees. However, there will be no fans in the San Sebastian stadium at least until next season. Real have three games left away from home -Huesca, Atlético and Osasuna- and two at home -Elche and Valladolid-. In the event that this initiative goes ahead, he could play two games with fans in the stands, the last two at home, at the Wanda Metropolitano.