After having 250 fans at last week’s home playoff game, Reno 1868 FC has been approved to welcome 700 fans into Greater Nevada Field for Saturday’s conference semifinal matchup. The expanded capacity, which is 10 percent of Greater Nevada Field's fixed seating, will be in place for the remainder of the 2020 playoffs.
“I want to thank all the people working hard at the Washoe County Health District and State of Nevada who have helped make us the first event in Nevada to exceed 250 people since the pandemic began in March,” Reno 1868 FC president Eric Edelstein said in a news release. "Even more importantly, I want to thank our front office, guest services staff, and all our fans who came out last Saturday. By following our protocols and demonstrating how safe Greater Nevada Field is for events, you have given our players the backing they deserve for Saturday's Conference semifinal matchup.”
At the end of September, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced stadiums would be allowed to host 10 percent of their fixed-seating capacity, with the crowd split into sections of no more than 250 people. Each section for Saturday's game will have its own entrance, exit, concessions and restrooms and be blocked off from other sections.
Reno’s plan to host fans has been in the works since the USL season was suspended in early March, with the goal of welcoming fans in the safest possible way. Last week, 250 fans were allowed for Reno 1868 FC's 4-1 win over LA Galaxy II, with a representative from Washoe County Health District in attendance. The Health District had final approval over the expanded capacity.
Reno hosts Phoenix Rising FC at 6 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field as part of the ULS's Elite Eight. Fans seeking tickets can go here. The game will be broadcast on Nevada Sports Net and ESPN Radio 94.5.