Still with its 68,000-seat capacity reduced to twenty percent by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Wanda Metropolitano stadium recovered the public this Friday, with 15,000 fans in its stands, in the friendly preparation for Euro 2020 between Spain and Portugal, one year, two months and 27 days after the last match at the installation with spectators.
With all the security measures, with time slots to enter, with masks, with assigned seats to keep the safety distance, with the prohibition of eating and drinking followers, the people returned to the imposing rojiblanco enclosure, expectant at every moment, spirited as soon as their team left the field. The Spanish team once again felt their support.
From March 7, 2020, when 60,422 people gathered at the Atlético de Madrid stadium To encourage the rojiblanco team in the tie at two against Sevilla on the twenty-seventh day of the 2019-2020 season, the last show with an audience in that field dated, which since then has received each duel behind closed doors.
That same week, due to the rapid and extensive spread and severity of the pandemic, the Spanish League was interrupted. They also stopped the Champions League and the Europa League, until August. And Euro 2020 was postponed to this year. They closed the stadiums, not only in Spain, but throughout Europe, of each national league.
It was not until mid-June that the Spanish competition resumed, without an audience. Eleven days of the championship remained. Atlético de Madrid played five home games without their fans, against Valladolid, Alavés, Mallorca, Real Betis and Real Sociedad, which were extended to the following season.
This year there have been 22 among the League, of which it was proclaimed champion, and the Champions League, in which they reached the round of 16. He even had to transfer the first leg of that round against Chelsea to Bucharest, due to the restrictions at the time that prohibited the entry of English citizens through the British strain.