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More K League fans allowed to attend matches

A larger number of fans will now be able to attend K League matches, with stadiums being opened to 25% capacity.

Clubs have been allowed to let fans attend matches at 10% capacity since August 1.

K League has put in several protocols and guidelines for supporters attending matches. Masks are required to be worn and spectators must sit in their designated seats, at least one seat apart from each other.

They also said some behaviours are prohibited such as chanting, shouting, linking arms and other actions that could cause infection to spread.

Megaphones and vuvuzelas are banned, while fans are reminded through announcements, posters and on the big screen to follow these rules.

“On Friday 7th August, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism made the decision to permit 30% of a stadium’s capacity in for K League matches,” K League said in a statement.

However, after analysis conducted of each K League stadium’s capacity and seating layout, for supporters to be able to be seated the required distance from others, the decision was made to allow 25% in, rather than 30.”

Supporters of the away team are not allowed to attend matches. K League said that this is to reduce the chances of the virus being spread by away fans travelling on public transport for a long time to attend a match.

K League also announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with OneFootball, a German football media company.

News, highlights and video content will be available on OneFootball’s platforms.

“From this season K League has partnerships with various overseas digital content platforms such as ‘Dugout’, ‘433’, ‘COPA90’ and now ‘OneFootball’. This will give K League the opportunity to widen its target audience and reach football fans all around the world,” K League said on the partnership.

“Through this partnership with OneFootball, we will continue to provide enjoyment and promote K League to many fans in more diverse regions.”

K League has made available two to three matches per round to be viewed on OneFootball. This will be available in 2020 and 2021 for fans in France, Spain, Brazil, Italy and the UK.

Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

Tigres secures deal for new 65,000 seat stadium

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

The stadium will be based in the heart of San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, and will be replacing the old 42,000 seat stadium, known as Estadio Universitario, The previous stadia has been the home of Tigres since 1967.

The new stadium was presented on Thursday, January 13 at a meeting that included Governor of Nuevo León and Samuel García, through a Memorandum of Understanding to commence construction.

Tigres’ future home was designed by architecture firm Populous and envisioned to be entirely privately financed at a cost of $445 million AUD.

The stadium’s features will include a retractable pitch, as well as being able to host concerts and international sporting events like American football games.

As part of the overall plans, the stadium will include separate changing rooms for Tigres’ men’s and women’s teams, while the exterior stadia complex will complement with a hotel, shopping centre and restaurants. The venue is also intended to act as an incubator for local business, and will also have classrooms catering for the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).

Juego de Pelota principle partner, César Esparza:

“There is going to be another setting for concerts and sport,” he said.

“It is a stadium prepared to host all sports, this stadium will be the postcard of Nuevo León.

“Stadium events will not be expensive for fans, as long as it has that capacity it will allow us to create different price levels for events, becoming inclusive for all people.”

UANL Tigres parent company member, Mauricio Doehner:

“Today Tigres is internationally recognised and we are always striving for more,” he said.

“Of course we deserve a new stadium, it will be the headquarters in this new era. Today, Tigres is not only a benchmark in Mexican soccer, but also on an International stadium. The Estadio Universitario has given greatness to Club Tigres and all the fans, we will honour it forever.”

Melbourne Victory names Marnong Estate as Premier Partner

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men's season.

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men’s season.

Marnong Estate is the Official Naming Rights Partner of the A-Lounge, providing its premium wines in the A-Lounge and Corporate Suite Foyers for tasting sessions, as well as in all Melbourne Victory’s Corporate Suite drinks packages.

As one of Melbourne’s biggest wineries, Marnong Estate also has its own boutique accommodation, as well as being able to host weddings and other functions.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Caroline Carnegie:

“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Marnong Estate and bringing a taste of their premium experience to our match days,” she said.

“Marnong Estate is an incredible facility that contributes to the local community by providing an authentic cultural and historical experience and we would love our members and fans to experience the beautiful views, food and wine as they visit Marnong itself.”

Marnong Estate General Manager, Stewart Malone:

“We are very passionate about wine, hospitality, and agriculture. The other thing we are passionate about is football and there is no greater opportunity for us than to partner with Melbourne Victory and their incredible match day experience,” he said.

“We’re excited to promote our premium wine, amazing dining options and the estate’s farm-to-fork facilities in front of one of the most dedicated fan bases in Australia.”

For more on Marnong Estate, you can find it here.

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