Governor Lamont Announces Limited Number of Fans Can Attend Toronto FC Game on November 1
HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont, working in collaboration with Spectra Venue Management services, today announced that a limited number of fans will be able to attend Toronto FC’s last regular home season game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Sunday, November 1, against Inter Miami FC.
Following guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendance will be capped at 5,000 in the 38,000 seat stadium, and all patrons in attendance will be required to wear a mask or face covering and adhere to social distancing within the stadium. Select seating at two price points will be available in both the lower and upper bowls.
“We’ve consulted with state and local public health officials and as long as certain health protocols are met, we believe that having a limited audience can safely be done, especially considering that this is an outdoor stadium,” Governor Lamont said. “I look forward to the day when we can fill the Rent back up to capacity. I appreciate Toronto FC and Major League Soccer for working with our administration so that we could make this happen.”
“We look forward to having some fans in the stands for our final regular season game in East Hartford,” Toronto FC President Bill Manning said. “Toronto FC is so grateful to the state of Connecticut and everyone at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field for providing us with such an outstanding facility during this unique stretch of games. Our players feel the support already and having some fans will make it even better.”
In September, Governor Lamont announced that his administration reached an agreement with Toronto FC for the Major League Soccer team to play its home games this season at the East Hartford stadium. To date, no fans have been permitted to attend any of the games that have been held at the stadium.
Toronto FC currently sit atop the standings for both the Supporters’ Shield and Eastern Conference with a record of 11-2-5 and 38 points from 18 matches. The Reds have five matches remaining in the regular season. Toronto FC host Atlanta United FC on Sunday, October 18 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The Reds will then travel to Philadelphia to meet the Union on Saturday, October 24, followed by home matches with New York City FC on Wednesday, October 28 and Inter Miami CF on Sunday, November 1. Toronto FC will conclude the regular season on Sunday, November 8 at Red Bull Arena against the Red Bulls in MLS Decision Day.
Tickets for the November 1 game will go on sale on Monday, October 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be purchased at www.rentschlerfield.com.