Colorado Rapids set to open up Dick’s Sporting Items Park at full capability


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The Colorado Rapids are the newest MLS team to open their stadium. The club announced Thursday that it will be at full capacity in just over a month.

Currently, like much of the MLS, the Colorado Rapids operate under social distancing guidelines and with limited capacity. But with Thursday’s announcement comes the significant news that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be fully open for the July 4th game.

The Rapids’ decision is made as national COVID-19 vaccine numbers continue to rise, leading to a decline in new cases. Colorado is tracking these national trends in both the number of people vaccinated and a decline in newly reported cases.

Traditionally, the July 4th game has a fireworks display dating back to the team’s time at Mile High Stadium and then strengthening Field. It is usually the Rapids’ biggest draw of the season.

The Colorado Rapids will continue to implement procedures like sanitizer stations and cashless transactions to limit the risk.

“We are delighted to finally be able to welcome our fans again to a full capacity DICK’S Sporting Goods Park,” said Pádraig Smith, Rapids General Manager, in a statement released by the club.

“It’s a moment we’ve been eagerly awaiting since the games were suspended last year. We couldn’t be more grateful to our local health authorities for their tireless efforts to reach this milestone and our fans for their patience and continued support worked to reopen the stadium in a safe manner. I know I’m speaking for everyone at the club when I say we can’t wait to experience the atmosphere of a full stadium with our fans on July 4th. “

The Rapids got off to a solid start despite losing 2-1 at Los Angeles Football Club last weekend. You are currently sitting 3-2-1 with 10 points and in fifth place in the Western Conference.

Before losing to LAFC on Saturday, the Rapids had won three games in a row.

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