Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Waztke says each fanless match costs them four million euros

In Thursday's annual general meeting, held online because of the pandemic, Watzke said he fears losses of up to 75 million euros this season.

Agence France-Presse November 19, 2020 23:37:29 IST
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Waztke says each fanless match costs them four million euros

Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin players kneel before the start of a Bundesliga match played in front of empty stands. AP

Berlin: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Waztke revealed on Thursday that each home game held without fans costs the Bundesliga club four million euros ($4.7 million) in lost revenue.

Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is the biggest stadium in Germany and can host 81,000 spectators.

Fans are currently locked out of all Bundesliga matches as part of government measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

Last season's Bundesliga runners-up closed the 2019/20 financial year with a loss of 44 million euros after last season was disrupted by COVID-19.

In Thursday's annual general meeting, held online because of the pandemic, Watzke said he fears losses of up to 75 million euros this season.

However, the Dortmund boss gave assurances that the club has "sufficient liquidity to ensure that there is no danger" to their existence.

As well as revealing the scale of lost revenue for each home game, Watzke said salary waivers for their squad and club employees has saved around 11 million euros.

Dortmund start the weekend third in the Bundesliga table having lost 3-2 at home to leader Bayern Munich before the international break.

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