Dutch football, KNVB Beker, 2019-20 season; Groene Ster fans in the stands during the match AZ vs Groene Ster. Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA

Dutch soccer stadiums to allow fans beginning in September

The United States is far behind other countries when it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus, and that means no fans will be allowed to attend sporting events in the near future. Other places around the globe, though, are slowly allowing fans to attend games, and another country has joined that list. 

According to ESPN, soccer in the Netherlands will resume on Sept. 15 with 15-35% of stadiums available for spectators. No away supporters will be allowed, however. 

Spectators will need to remain about five feet apart, bring masks and buy drinks from roaming sellers rather than waiting in line at kiosks. 

Dutch soccer was shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was initially banned through September before it was lifted last month by the government. 

On July 8, the Netherlands only confirmed 53 cases of the coronavirus, so it's no surprise that they're set to allow fans back into stadiums this fall. 

Meanwhile, cases in the United States are spiking and there's no sign of allowing fans to attend games any time soon. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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