Dutch FA aim to bring fans into Euro 2020 matches

The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), the Dutch football governing body, is reportedly working closely with the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Divisie to allow fans into the stadiums for the Euro 2020 matches. Despite the unlikeliness of opening the stadiums for the rest of the domestic league, the governing bodies are planning to welcome fans for UEFA’s biggest football event.

It is learnt that Amsterdam will be hosting three group stage matches and a match in the round of 16. KNVB have not yet published the full plan, but reports suggest they want to introduce a strict entry policy in stadiums, no-vaccine-no-entry policy. The KNVB is currently waiting for the Dutch government to implement their vaccination policy to proceed with protocols regarding health and safety.

According to reports, the Netherlands are the last EU country to start a vaccination process and by the time Euro 2020 will start, the majority of the population will still not have received a vaccination. However, a rapid test for covid-19 might be required to enter the stadium as an alternative access if there will be a delay in the vaccine.

Previously known as Amsterdam Arena, Johan Cruijff Arena was renamed in 2018 to honour Ajax’s former player and coach, who was born in Amsterdam and passed away in March 2016.The stadium was built from 1993 to 1996 at a cost equivalent to €140 million. Matches to be staged in this arena are:Netherlands v Ukraine; Netherlands v Austria; Play-off winner D (A) v Netherlands; Round of 16: 2A v 2B.

The stadium can hold 54,990 people during football matches, while a maximum of 68,000 people during concerts if a centre-stage setup is used, the largest in the country. The1998 Champions League and 2013 Europa League finals was held in this stadium and it was one of the venues used in Euro 2000. It is currently the home stadium of AFC Ajax in the Eredivisie.

The Netherlands booked their Euro 2020 qualification in 2019and ended their self-inflicted exile from major tournament football, having failed to reach Euro 2016 or last year’s World Cup. In a 0-0 draw away to Northern Ireland, the Dutch team secured a top-two finish in Group C. They needed just a draw to guarantee a spot at its first international tournament since coming third at the 2014 World Cup.