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LA Galaxy could welcome fans back to games as soon as April

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One step closer to the olden days.

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It probably won’t be this many people right away.
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The state of California announced Friday as part of measures to reopen from the coronavirus pandemic, outdoor entertainment events can begin to reopen starting Apr. 1. Details are dependent on the tier the county a given event is located in is in when it happens, but it appears even Purple Tier counties will see a loosening of restrictions.

That means the LA Galaxy could have fans in attendance from the start of the 2021 MLS regular season, although it’s worth noting that nothing is guaranteed anymore, amirite, and LA County in particular hasn’t really been forthcoming with details about proportions or numbers just yet.

Still, it looks quite likely fans can start attending at the start of the season or thereabouts. The Galaxy released a statement Friday evening from president Chris Klein and Dignity Health Sports Park general manager Katie Pandolfo:

We have continued to support the guidance of our health authorities and the Governor’s Office as we plan to safely welcome fans back into Dignity Health Sports Park. Today’s announcement by the California Department of Health is a welcome update that allows fans to return for events in our building. We look forward to sharing detailed plans outlining the process of safely hosting Galaxy fans at Dignity Health Sports Park. This plan includes giving LA Galaxy Season Ticket Members the first opportunity to return to attending our matches in person.

We will continue to work closely with local and state authorities to adhere to all safety guidelines as Dignity Health Sports Park and the LA Galaxy prioritize the safety and health of our guests. As we have navigated this challenging time, we are excited to see fans at Dignity Health Sports Park soon.

Obviously, this could be the turning point to returning to “regular life” again for most of us, but there’s always the chance it could backfire, we could see another coronavirus surge, and there would have to be another shutdown. I truly, sincerely hope that does not happen.

But we’ll let you know when further details drop about letting people into games and when, and — after I get the COVID vaccine — maybe I’ll see you at a game in 2021.

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