Little by little, the teams, in agreement with the autonomous communities, reveal how the public is going to return to the stadiums in the first days and again there is a diversity of criteria. The most permissive have been Madrid, which does not have a First match on Matchday 1, Andalusia, Galicia and the Balearic Islands, which will admit 40% of the capacity. For their part, there are some territories that have lowered their health claims a bit, either by reducing the percentage (the Basque Country will have 20%), or by limiting the number of fans, Valencia allows up to 15,000 people.
A year and a half ago, Betis and Real Madrid were playing the last league game where you could see overflowing stands. Since then, all matches have been played behind closed doors, except for the last matches of last season, where just 5,000 fans were allowed as a cap in some stadiums located in Phase 1 territories. In this edition of the domestic competition, fans will be able to return to stadiums throughout the country, although there is still time to see again crowded photos of people celebrating goals like those of the Benito Villamarín stadium.
On June 24, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, after an extraordinary Council of Ministers, admitted that the public was going to return to the stadiums with 100% capacity. However, the fifth wave of the covid has ruined this proposal and for the moment the clubs will have to settle for a maximum of 40% capacity on the football fields in the First and Second Division, as agreed by the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities on August 4. However, this percentage is a maximum that must be met and each region has the power to further restrict the presence of the public in stadiums, which has led to a disparity of criteria.
Madrid previously showed its intention of accessing up to 60% of the capacity, but it will have to conform to that 40%. On the second day, the first matches will be played on Madrid soil and Atlético will receive Elche on Sunday 22, when it will receive about 27,000 spectators, while Getafe will face Sevilla and with the option of having nearly 7,000 fans press from the stands. For its part, Real Madrid is the only one that will have to wait because it will play the first three games as a visitor for the works of the Santiago Bernabéu. As for Rayo Vallecano, the number of fans is still unknown, but they may not exceed 5,600.
The Andalusian case has been the opposite of Madrid. Before Health and the communities approved the 40% capacity, the Junta de Andalucía maintained a maximum capacity of 25% in the stadiums, the same that was allowed in the matches that were played at the La Cartuja stadium during the European Championship. . However, the Minister of the Presidency, Public Administrations and Interior of the Junta de Andalucía, Elías Bendodo, confirmed, in the absence of only 48 hours before the start of the League, that an agreement had been reached to allow 40% of the capacity. Thus, the Sánchez-Pizjuán will be able to enter around 17,000 spectators, while at the Benito Villamarín they will be able to do so about 25,000 Betis. For its part, Granada CF, which was only able to open the doors to 25% of its fans last week in the Ciudad de Granada Trophy, will be able to increase the capacity, as happened to Cádiz in the Ramón de Carranza trophy against Atlético de Madrid.
The only Galician team in the first category is Celta de Vigo and they host Atlético in Balaídos, with just under 8,000 spectators cheering in the stands. For its part, Mallorca has not skimped on the capacity so that the maximum possible fans, some 9,000, can see the return of the club to the division of honor.
The hardest territories
The Valencian Community, for its part, has qualified 40% of the Government and has added a limit of 15,000 spectators, which makes it impossible for Valencia to reach the real 40% of its stadium because it would be 19,440. Villarreal, which receives Granada CF in its first intervention this season, does so with the La Cerámica stadium at 40%, taking only a maximum of 9,400 subscribers, Elche will have about 13,000 fans and Levante with 10,500 . Navarra has made qualifications in the Health protocol and reduces the percentage allowed to 33%. A reduction that affects Osasuna, which on the opening day receives Espanyol with approximately 8,000 spectators
In what will be the first game of FC Barcelona without Messi, in which he will face Real Sociedad, the Camp Nou will receive 30%, which serves to become the stadium that includes the most public due to its almost 100,000 possible spectators, 30,000 in the league debut. Also in Catalonia, Espanyol can barely count on around 12,000 spectators to receive the reigning Europa League champion, Villarreal, on the second round of the league.
The one with the toughest restrictions is the Basque Country, which will reduce the capacity to 20% of the public. This affects three teams in the highest category of Spanish football, therefore, Deportivo Alavés, which hosts Real Madrid on the first weekend of the League, will only have 3,900 followers in Mendizorroza; and on the second day, Athletic will only see 10,600 in San Mamés and La Real, 7,900 in Anoeta.
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