On Friday, a coalition of sports teams and entertainment venues located in Los Angeles County offered a robust proposal to return to live events in the area. As part of that coalition, Los Angeles Football Club was included, with the group offering a detailed outline of how events would restart and what procedures would be used to get back to action safely while emerging from the coronavirus shutdown.
Most notably, a powerpoint presentation outlining the proposal offers August as the timeline in which MLS games would return to Banc of California Stadium, as well as rival LA Galaxy’s Dignity Health Sports Park.
Bear in mind, this is just a proposal and nothing is set in stone. However, with MLS continuing to negotiate with players about a return to play, with a centralized tournament in Orlando looking to be the kickoff for the league’s return, the latest word is that the timeline for teams to be in Florida has been cut to about a month or so. So perhaps the teams can return to play in their home stadiums around August.
So we’ll see, obviously, as the local authorities would need to sign off on all of this. But with MLS seeming like it’s this close to finalizing a deal, and with the state giving the tentative green light for sporting events to take place behind closed doors this summer, LAFC could be back at The Banc in a couple months or so. We’ll keep you posted on updates to this, obviously.
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