Commerce City, Colo. — The Burgundy and Blue faithful are coming back home. Centennial 38 is returning to Section 117. Colorado Rapids fans will be in attendance for home games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park staring October 7 against Los Angeles FC, the club announced today.
Colorado Rapids Fans Will be at DSG Park Starting Oct. 7 vs LAFC
Colorado’s next home game is Sunday against Sporting KC. That match will be played behind closed doors, as every Rapids home game has during this restart. They’ll play at Portland Timbers on October 3 then at home against LAFC on Sunday, October 7.
This became possible via approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) last week.
The Rapids will have three more regular season home games after that: Saturday October 10 against LA Galaxy, Sunday October 18 against Real Salt Lake, and Sunday November 1 against Seattle Sounders FC. As of right now, fans will be permitted at those games as well.
Stadium Capacity and Ticket Distribution:
These four games will have a capped capacity of 1,165 ticketed supporters, 6% capacity of DSG Park. Season ticket holders will have first access to purchase tickets to these games starting September 25. Tickets will become available to the general public as of October 2. Fans are able to sign up for a priority list for preliminary access to the general public tickets.
Based on discussions with sources familiar with the club’s ticket sales, Last Word on Soccer believes there to be more than 1,165 season ticket holders. It is not clear at time of publishing whether the season ticket holder base will have access to the entire 1,165 allotment of tickets or if there is a cap to make some tickets available to the public.
Health and Safety:
The club is going to implement a bunch of rules in accordance with CDC and CDPHE guidelines. You can read everything here.
For the tl;dr crowd, here’s the highlights:
– Wear a face covering at all times except when eating or drinking (that means you Thorton Costco customers)
– There’s going to be a bunch of hand sanitizer stations
– You’ve got an assigned gate entrance and parking lot location based on what section your seats are in
– Based on where your seat is, you’ll have access to concessions and restrooms in your “Concourse Zone” based on where your seats are
– No tailgating (pour out for C38), congregating, or anything that’s not social distancing
– DSGP is going 100% digital tickets and 100% cashless
– 1876, The Summit Club, the lounges on west side, and other areas that could allow fans to congregate will be closed
Section Social Distancing:
Tickets will be purchased in “blocks” of two, four or six seats. This will allow for pairs, families, and groups to attend games together. Blocks within each section will be staggered so they are at least six feet apart, both side to side and front and back. This will apply to Section 117 as well.
Last Word: Home Field Advantage Against Playoff Contenders
At time of publication, three of the four opponents the Rapids will play with fans present are in a playoff position. Just six points separate being top in the conference with being out of the playoffs. Every game the rest of the way matters. While 1,165 fans isn’t a lot compared to average DSG Park crowds, any home field advantage they can get could help them get a critical result in making the playoffs.