After the District of Columbia announced today that they would accept applications from sports teams to exceed attendance restrictions, it came out shortly thereafter that D.C. United had been approved to operate Audi Field at 10% capacity, or 2,000 fans. This would mark the first time since 7 March 2020, when over 17,000 people saw United beat Inter Miami, that fans will be allowed to see the team play in-person.
D.C. United gets a waiver to have up to 2,000 fans per game at Audi Field. https://t.co/1RZjC98zSm— Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) March 15, 2021
D.C. United’s statement lacked specifics, which makes sense because this is an interim advisory. All of these attendance limits, for both professional sports and the other areas of life that Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today, will be reviewed in April and further adjustments could be made at that time. Hopefully, with continued mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccinations, that might mean that even more people could be allowed at the home opener on April 17 against New York City FC.
For me personally, I still can’t imagine going to such a big event so soon, but I’m sure that there will be plenty of people ready to enjoy a spring evening outdoors at Audi Field. And who can blame people wanting that.
More as we hear it!