FC Dallas will host Nashville SC Wednesday evening at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, for Major League Soccer's first match since play was canceled this spring.
Toyota Stadium will also be the first venue in the country to open to fans for a professional sporting event since COVID-19 led to shutdowns this spring.
"I'm really proud of FC Dallas; I'm really proud of Nashville, and I'm really proud of the league to get this first game to happen," says FC Dallas Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez. "I thank them for those efforts, so we can do what we love to do for our fans. We're just adapting, preparing for whatever's in front of us and embracing it, knowing there will be a game."
FC Dallas had been planning to open Toyota Stadium at 25% capacity, which would have allowed 5,110 fans. Wednesday morning, the club announced it would add a second empty seat between groups, reducing capacity to about 3,000.
Fans are also required to wear masks. Concessions stands will not accept cash to reduce contact.
Fans will also be required to sign a liability waiver stating they will not sue if they are exposed to COVID-19.
Last month, FC Dallas was not able to participate in the "MLS is Back" tournament at Walt Disney World in Florida because twelve players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19.
"Guess what? We're still going to have cases in the future," Gonzalez says. "Other teams, us, we're still going to have cases. We're going to keep learning, we're going to keep getting back up, and we're going to keep playing the game we love, and we're going to keep competing."
Gonzalez says players are tested every other day. They were tested Tuesday and will be tested again Thursday.