As a result of Covid-19, there have been several games that have been postponed or played behind closed doors, the thrill of live sporting events has been pushed to the wayside. However, with the crowds slowly being allowed to return to some of the MLS games, this is a promising sign for the future of the sport. In this article, we will be talking about the crowds allowed to attend the upcoming Montreal game.
The Return Of The MLS During Uncertain Times
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a vast amount of uncertainty surrounding the ability to return to the sport in the near future. With several teams struggling to begin making the move back to football due to isolated lockdowns, many were wondering whether a return to sport would work as a result. With this, came the talks of the higher-ups as well as several different reports circulating in the press, there were still a number of different variables that needed to be considered at this time. Would they be able to return with an audience, or would they be played behind closed doors?
The Return To Sporting In Florida
One of the main ways that the MLS decided to work around this issue and see a safe return to the league is in Florida. Using the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disneyland in Florida the teams begun to make a return at this time and saw several amazing matches being played at this time. With each team isolating within the complex beforehand, these matches were able to go ahead without fail, allowing for several matches to be played. However, with several other states lessening the restrictions, there has slowly been a return to sporting within individual states.
The Return To Home Fields
With many of these teams returning to home fields, there comes one issue in the form of travelling. With several teams playing home and away games, there is the need for travelling to each ground which is presenting issues as travel restrictions are still in place. This, of course, has meant that a number of teams are continuing to play games on their home grounds. This has presented its own challenges when it comes to securing Covid safety without ruining the overall game experience at this time.
Montreal Impact Vs Vancouver Whitecaps
With the return of the MLS to the home, stadium comes the upcoming match-up between Montreal Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps. This is a match-up that has had many Canadian sites a stir as the two teams are currently sitting at 3rd in their groups. With many betting companies seeing the whitecaps as the likely team to win, there are several wondering who will come out on top in the 2020 season at the top of their groups. Despite it looking like an interesting match-up, there has been even more news surrounding this matchup as Montreal begins to allow for fans to attend their games.
The Return Of Spectators To MLS Games
The return of the home stadium for the Montreal team puts them in a unique position where they can open the doors to one of the first Covid secure games with fans in the stadium. Though the stadium has a capacity of 20,081-seats in the stadium, there will be only 250 people in the stadium for the home game. This is a huge step in the right direction for the return to the MLS as it begins to show a glimmer of hope for the fans looking to return to the stadiums at this time.
The Current Position In The MLS Table
With the team currently sitting at 3rd in group B, they need to pull out all the stops to come out on top of the group at this time. With their next game between Montreal Impact Vs Vancouver whitecaps, there are several other matchups vs Toronto FC, that could easily shape their position in the league moving forward.
With several matchups to come and the energy from the crowd helping to push the game along, this could be the beginning of the return to the MLS to somewhat normality as the fans begin to experience live events once again.