Bayern Munich will play season opener in front of fans

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller in action against Borussia Monchengladbach.(Photo by WOLFGANG RATTAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller in action against Borussia Monchengladbach.(Photo by WOLFGANG RATTAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich will be beginning their title defense away at  Borussia Monchengladbach in August. The games against Gladbach are generally intense and special due to the quality on display from both teams. However, the first game will be also monumental for Die Roten in terms of the atmosphere at the stadium.

According to Kicker, 18,000 spectators are expected to be at Borussia Park for the home team’s first game of the Bundesliga campaign against the defending champions. It remains to be seen whether away fans will also get allocation for this game.

Nevertheless, playing in front of a crowd will be a special feeling for the players. For more than 12 months, teams in the Bundesliga have been playing games behind closed doors. Even though there were some exciting encounters, the lack of fans made the games pretty soulless.

The return of fans in the Bundesliga stadium from next season will once again bring a more competitive edge to the games. The difference with fans has been very evident in the ongoing Euro 2020 as various governments have allowed a good number of fans for games.

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Die Roten will be able to have fans back at Allianz Arena against FC Koln on August 21. It remains to be seen whether DFL Supercup between Borussia Dortmund and Die Roten after gameweek one will have fans at Signal Iduna Park.

Along with bringing a much more competitive edge to the game, fans will also bring a lot of financial relief for the German club. With a season without fans in the stadiums, the German clubs have suffered heavy losses. Matchday revenue is one of the main sources of income for clubs in the Bundesliga.

Die Roten has also recorded losses during the last campaign, which has eventually affected the club’s budget in the transfer window. The club chiefs have consistently insisted that there will be no big signings after completing the transfer of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig earlier this year. Other big signings may force Die Roten to cash in for few players in the squad.

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The German clubs need fans back in the stadium to compete in Europe with English clubs that have tremendous broadcast revenue. Having  18,000 fans back is a big boost, but clubs will be hoping that they will soon have complete capacity. The Bavarian faithful at Allianz Arena creating a hostile atmosphere for the opposition is a sight that many have missed in the last 12 months.