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The Houston Dynamo Football Club will continue its phased approach toward returning to full capacity at BBVA Stadium by mid-summer, the club announced Friday.
After opening the 2021 season at 30% capacity — or 6,500 seats for home matches — the team said it will increase to 40% for two home matches before increasing to 50% capacity for two matches before returning to 100% capacity on July 3.
“We know that everyone is anxious to get back to the way things were prior to the pandemic, and we’re no different, but we want to do so safely and intelligently,” said club president John Walker. “We look forward to welcoming more fans back to BBVA Stadium and enjoying those shared experiences, the highs and lows, together.”
The team said its decision comes after Major League Soccer informed its member clubs this week that it will be easing restrictions after consulting with the league’s medical task force.
The release states that the MLS has told clubs they may bring more fans into stadiums effective immediately, but the Dynamo said they are expanding in phases to allow for continual evaluation.
“We’re certainly hopeful to be able to return to full capacity this summer, and there are a number of encouraging signs that point toward that, but we also believe it’s important to be continue placing the community first,” Walker said. “By taking a step-by-step approach toward reopening, we have the opportunity to continually evaluate things here in Houston and elsewhere and adjust accordingly. We’re committed to creating a safe environment for every fan every time they come through our doors.”