Following up on last week’s report in this newspaper on the resumption of sporting events in Jalisco, state authorities have authorized the return of fans to Guadalajara’s two main soccer stadiums, the Estadio Akron and Estadio Jalisco.
Capacity in both venues, home to the Guadalajara Chivas and Atlas in Mexico’s top professional soccer league (Liga Mx), cannot exceed 25 percent.
Because of the size of the stadiums, special permits must be obtained prior to each home game. The capacity of the Akron is 40,000, while the Jalisco can hold more than 50,000. Under current Covid-19 mitigation measures, permits must be obtained from the government’s Mesa de Salud (Health Board) for all gatherings of more than 300 people.
Permission was granted for the Chivas to welcome back fans to the Akron Stadium for their March 14 home game against their traditional rivals, America from Mexico City, as well as a provisional go-ahead for the April 4 game with Santos. Atlas plans to host fans starting in April.