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Polish fans return to football stadia

Polish football club Lech Poznan welcomed more than 5,000 fans back into its stadium on Wednesday for a top-flight clash against Pogon Szczecin.  

According to polish regulations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the club was allowed up to 7,500 fans in the venue, or 25% of the INEA Stadium’s capacity.

The main stand was made unavailable to create a safe zone for players, staff, and TV rights holders.

The attendance for the game reached 5,113 (with approximately 18% no shows) and only a few places on the higher tiers were available before kick-off in the match, which ended in a goalless draw.

Fans were allowed to sit together, thanks to roboticket’s allocation algorithm, after making a declaration that they shared a household.

The safe zone around each ticketed group or individual was automatically created by the system.

Daniel Zielinski Lech Poznan ticketing manager said:

The matchday operations were challenging mainly because of a completely new setup. Box offices were closed due to restrictions but our experience allowed us to carry out sales and customer support 100% online. Only ‘print at home’ or mobile tickets were allowed.

Although the crowd was not so big, we were extremely happy to welcome our fans back to the stadium. We experienced testing conditions with heavy rain conditions, but everything went smoothly.

We are looking forward to the next game with Legia Warszawa on July 4, when we expect about 10,000 people in the stadium.

Piotr Kicinski Lech Poznan chief of stewards said:

The operations were 100% successful. The stewards at the post-match briefing did not even report a single problem related to access and ticket control.

Fot. Klaudia Berda