The coronavirus pandemic ground American professional sports to a halt in March, causing leagues to cancel games and, later, play in empty arenas and stadiums. But on Wednesday, fans will return to live major league sports in Texas: FC Dallas, the Major League Soccer team, will host Nashville SC in a match in front of potentially thousands of spectators.
The game appears to be the first major league sporting event that will be played in front of fans in the United States since the early part of the pandemic. The other big professional team sports leagues currently in action — the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League — have been playing in front of empty seats.
A maximum of 5,110 fans will be able to attend the game, filling about 25% of the 20,500 seats in the team’s Toyota Stadium in Frisco. That capacity level is well below Gov. Greg Abbott‘s 50% limit for venues in his most recent executive order governing sporting events.
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