Norwegian football clubs and the Norwegian Football Association are delighted that the restrictions are disappearing in cultural life. That means more spectators this weekend in the Eliteserien, and Ståle Solbakken’s national team may receive the support of around 25,000 in the home game against Montenegro.
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– Now we turn around and open all the fields. We have already sold over 1000 individual tickets with a seat in the middle. Now you can sit together! It is a day of joy. The fact that we don’t have to test hundreds of kids will make a big difference, says market leader Therese Andvik Rygg in Brann ahead of the home game against Kristiansund on Sunday.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg declared at Friday’s press conference that all rules on events, business and catering will be repealed. This means no recent crown passes or negative tests must be submitted to view sports and other cultures.
Also for the men’s A team, the reopening may have immediate significance. Top soccer coach Lise Klaveness confirms to VG that the Norwegian Soccer Association now fills up at the Ullevaal in the World Cup qualifying match against Montenegro on October 11 (men). The women’s national team will also face Belgium on the same pitch in October (also World Cup qualifiers) and may receive further support from the stands.
Although Ullevaal’s capacity is around 28,000 people, Klaveness says the “network” will be around 25,000 due to European Football Association (UEFA) protocol restrictions. The head of the NFF responds this way if they really manage to sell that many tickets against this opponent.
– If we get a good result against Turkey away, this home game will be absolutely crucial in our journey to the World Cup. This will also be the first time since the pandemic begins that we can rally Norway to a football party with a full house in the stadium in a decisive qualification. Tickets are already in high demand, Klaveness reports.
– Hurray, the national team coach, Ståle Solbakken, informs the news on Friday, that after the Netherlands game earlier this month he sent a sting for both the government and the media after Norway only managed 7000 in the stands in the key match against the Netherlands in Ullevaal (1-1) and previous home games in qualifying had to be in the Spanish soccer field.
– First of all, it’s absolutely fantastic. We have been waiting for this since the pandemic hit and we will say that Norway has recovered. So we have to make the most of it in the short term, says Rosenborg CEO Tove Moe Dyrhaug.
Mjøndalen will visit Lerkendal on Sunday. As of Friday’s reopening, Rosenborg had just under 9,000 tickets on sale.
– With the trial regimen set aside, it is greatly simplified. We have now set up the Mjøndalen match according to the current rules, but now we have to adapt as best we can. We rejoice, says Dyrhaug, that he can fill the stadium in the tough gold match of the six teams currently playing for the rest of the season.
– We hope to move from tomorrow. The goal is to fill as much as possible. I understand that people have made plans. Avoid trials and crown passes, bring the whole family, let’s celebrate the reopening of the society in Åråsen, reports Lillestrøm General Manager Robert Lauritsen ahead of Saturday’s home game against Tromsø.