In consideration of the exponential growth of infections in recent days, the Serie A clubs, which met in the Assembly in the afternoon, unanimously resolved to reduce the capacity of the stadiums to the maximum limit of 5,000 spectators for all the matches of their competitions starting from January 15 until February 5, the date of return to the field after the stop reserved for the national teams. It should be noted that for this period no tickets will be allocated to the guest sector precisely to avoid the transfer of fans from one city to another.
The decision, taken in response to the request of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, testifies to the great sense of responsibility of the football clubs in the face of the emergency state linked to the increase in covid-19 infections in the country, despite full compliance with current procedures always adopted for the control of access to the stadium.
Faced with the huge losses suffered in the period of the pandemic and above all by noting the inequalities of treatment suffered in recent months compared to other sectors, helped with refreshments and contributions, Serie A football, once again, shows its willingness to protect health of the public.
The introduction of the limit to 5 thousand spectators requires a few days to be introduced, so it will be effective starting from the third return day of the Italian League (15 January), in compliance with the tickets already sold for next week’s matches (second matchday of Serie A TIM, Frecciarossa Super Cup and midweek round of the Frecciarossa Italian Cup).
Following the changes in the Serie A program, even the Coppa Italia one is forced to change: Atalanta-Venice, match of the round of 16, initially scheduled for Wednesday 12 January at 2.30 pm will start on the same day but at 5.30 pm (live TV on Italia1), while Napoli-Fiorentina will be played on Thursday 13 January at 18.00 (live TV on Italia1) instead of the day before at 17.30.