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Colorado Rapids get approval for limited number of fans

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 17:35:56-04

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Another Colorado sports franchise could have fans in the stands at some point in the near future.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved the Colorado Rapids' plan to have up to 1,165 people at Dick's Sporting Goods Park during Phase 2 of the Major League Soccer season.

A crowd of 1,165 fans would be 6% of the stadium's total capacity. Fans would be divided into groups of no larger than 175 people, with designated entrances and exits and defined seating sections in the stadium.

The protocols are similar to those taken by the Denver Broncos, who will allow 5,700 fans, or 7.5% of Empower Field at Mile High's capacity, at their Sept. 27 game.

Broncos fans will be sectioned in "pods" so that no more than 175 people are near each other a given time.

For both the Rapids and Broncos, masks will be required for all fans.

Ann Hause, Colorado's director of the Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance, told Dick's Sporting Goods Park officials that the plan for fans could be re-evaluated "if there are significant changes in the course of the pandemic in Colorado."