Toronto FC will allow up to 5,000 fans to attend their final regular season home game on Nov. 1.
The game against Inter Miami CF will be played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Tickets will be sold at two prices with select seating in both the lower and upper bowls of the 38,000-seat stadium, which is home to the University of Connecticut Huskies’ soccer and football programs.
“We look forward to having some fans in the stands for our final regular season game in East Hartford,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning in a statement. “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.”
Due to travel restrictions, TFC has been playing home games in East Hartford since the end of September, with the Nov. 1 game being the sixth such contest. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the club also host the two other Canadian MLS teams in home games at BMO Field, as well as at Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Fla., as part of the MLS Is Back tournament.
“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,” Connecticut governor Ned Lamont said in a statement. “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.”
TFC has five games remaining on the schedule including another in East Hartford on Oct. 18. The club currently sits atop the MLS standings with an 11-2-5 record and 38 points. It’s unclear for now where Toronto will play its home playoff games and if fans will be allowed to attend them.