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LAFC could have fans in stadium as soon as April

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Edging back to life as we used to know it.

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If you’ve missed going to LAFC games for the past year, you may be able to get back to see the black-and-gold in person before long.

The state of California announced Friday that outdoor entertainment events, including live sports, can begin allowing people to attend after Apr. 1. That means LAFC could have fans at The Banc as soon as the 2021 MLS regular season opens on Apr. 17. Details like how many fans can get in, how they will decide who gets in, and for which dates will be determined at a later date. However, from the state’s wording, it sounds like even the Purple Tier in the classification system will allow for a very limited number of spectators.

LAFC released a statement on the state’s announcement Friday evening:

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) is grateful and appreciative to Governor Newsom and his staff for their efforts in revising the states COVID guidelines that provide a pathway to allowing fans to attend sporting events in outdoor venues.

We look forward to being able to safely host fans in a reduced capacity at Banc of California Stadium to start the season as California and Los Angeles continue to make progress in the battle against COVID-19.

LAFC will continue to work with L.A. County public health officials, the City of Los Angeles and Major League Soccer on protocols to ensure fans will be able to safely attend and enjoy a match at Banc of California Stadium at the proper time.

LAFC plans to announce health and safety protocols for fans as well as a ticket policy for reduced capacity at Banc of California Stadium soon.

Obviously the fear with this is that it could cause another surge in the coronavirus and then we would have to shut down yet again, and everyone has to tread carefully here. Hopefully the rollout of the COVID vaccine will hold off a surge of the virus.

I know after I get the vaccine, I’ll be looking to get back to The Banc to see a game. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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