Increased capacity could come by June but Dan Hunt doesn’t think they’ll reach 100% in 2021 just yet.
FC Dallas’ 2021 MLS regular season opener against the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium on Saturday, April 17 is officially sold out, the team announced today. Toyota Stadium capacity will be limited to no more than 50% for Dallas’ first four home games of the 2021 season (April 17 vs Colorado, May 1 vs Portland, May 8 vs Houston, May 22 vs Real Salt Lake).
Capacity for remaining matches will be determined based on local, state and MLS regulations as those evolve.
During a media call on Wednesday, FC Dallas president Dan Hunt explained to reporters why the club didn’t follow what the MLB’s Texas Rangers did with their full capacity opening for the start of their season a couple of weeks ago in Arlington.
“We wanted to be prudent about how we open,” said Hunt. “We want our guest to feel like we are paying attention to their safety. I know what (the State of) Texas has said about this and the CDC, we just thought we’d be thoughtful in how we opened it.”
Hunt hopes to get the stadium capacity increased this summer but he isn’t entirely sure if we’ll see a full capacity availability in 2021.
“You have the league rules,” explained Hunt. “Which are the two rows and then around the tunnels too. We won’t get to 20k a game, I don’t think this year. We’re in the 16k range, 17k range, I think that will be a great place for us to be unless MLS changes its rules. We wanted to ease into this to provide as much as we could to provide a safe experience for our fans.”