Current COVID-19 restrictions have arena operating in ‘club’ format

The 4,000-capacity Fórum Karlín in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, has signed Ticketmaster Česká republika as ticket supplier and operator.

Starting this month, tickets for all newly announced events presented at the multipurpose building will be sold via Ticketmaster, including shows such as Thom Yorke, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Mason, Patti Smith, The Neighbourhood and Yes.

Ticketmaster’s knowledge of the arena space will help with Fórum Karlín’s ambitions of becoming “a pioneer in digital ticketing and live entertainment, with the aim to soon become the first Net Zero Carbon venue of the Czech Republic,” according to the announcement.

VenuesNow reached out to venue CEO Serge Grimaux to find out about COVID-19 regulations in the country and their effect on the Fórum Karlín.

Until about two weeks ago, the arena was limited to 1,000 people in one demarcated area, Grimaux said. Then the limit was raised to 5,000 people, subject to social distancing of about 6 feet per person, group and family, or the obligation of wearing a face mask. Also, each group of 1,000 people must be separated by a corridor of about 12 feet, and each of those sectors must have its own entrance and bathrooms.

“Following those rules we were able to create a venue configuration able to admit 3,000 people, whereby three groups of 1,000 people could access the venue, each using a different entrance, and having access to sanitary facilities as indicated by the law,” he said. “We named that new venue configuration ‘Fórum Karlín Klub.'”

Grimaux said his team has started offering Fórum Karlín Klub to all live events promoters in the Czech Republic, “together with very advantageous rental conditions. We believe we should soon see significant traction.”

The government has given no indication on when Fórum Karlín will be able to operate under normal conditions again, he said. The rules are set to be revised in late August at the earliest.

“We do hope we will see some progress then so we can resume ‘normal’ operation sometime in early September,” Grimaux said.