20,000 spectators may be allowed to attend football games at My Dinh Stadium
The Vietnamese football team can expect up to 20,000 local fans in the upcoming matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia in November.
|My Dinh National Stadium.|
Vietnam is preparing for the games against Japan (November 11) and Saudi Arabia (November 16). As the Covid-19 pandemic has been controlled in Hanoi, the home to the national stadium of My Dinh, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) plans to allow up to 20,000 fans (50% of the stadium capacity) to attend the matches.
If the VFF’s plan is approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnamese team will have important support from its fans. In the latest game held at My Dinh Stadium, the Vietnamese team played against Australia without spectators, which is said to be unfavorable for the team.
After the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s inspection of the stadium facilities before the game vs Australia, the VFF urgently upgraded the surface of My Dinh stadium to meet the requirements of the AFC.
The AFC will send an inspection team to My Dinh Stadium in early November to see whether the home team's preparation meets its requirements, before allowing Vietnam to host two matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia.
The My Dinh National Stadium is a multi-use stadium with 40,192 seats. It is the centerpiece of Vietnam's National Sports Complex based in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. It was opened in September 2003 and was the main venue for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) later that year. The stadium is home to the Vietnam national football team, and hosts its home international friendly matches.
The Vietnamese national team may play in another stadium in the next round of World Cup qualifiers in the event that Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium is unable to meet the standards set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).