5,000 spectators are welcome to the World Cup qualifier against Latvia. In this Fieldlab event, the KNVB will investigate how the coronavirus develops in the stadium. On Saturday, 27, the Dutch national team will play a home game against Latvia. The Johan Cruijff Arena is hosting this qualifying match towards the 2022 World Cup. The round is led by the female referee Stéphanie Frappart.
Experiment as a Fieldlab event
This match was recently added to the list of Fieldlab events, allowing football fans again. The research is of great importance for future games of the Eredivisie and the European Football Championship. UEFA has even obliged countries to let fans again. Otherwise, they will no longer be allowed to organize European Championship matches next summer.
Several bubbles in the stadium
During the investigation, the stadium is divided into bubbles, which do not need to be kept 1.5 meters away. A scenario and behavioural element are tested in each bubble.
For example, one bubble will consist of families, while another bubble will alternately occupy the seats. There will also be a bubble of research by TU Eindhoven into aerosols and how these can be reduced most effectively.