Everything You Need to Know About Resuming the 2020 MLS Season
On Saturday morning, Major League Soccer and the Colorado Rapids announced plans to continue the 2020 regular season on August 22 with a home match against Real Salt Lake.
We know there are a ton of questions surrounding what this means for fans, so we're here to help. Below are seven frequently asked questions and answers about the continuation of the MLS season.
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What do these games mean for the regular season?
Major League Soccer has announced that regular season games will return to home markets following the MLS is Back Tournament, with the Rapids' first home game scheduled for Saturday, August 22 against Real Salt Lake. In addition to the first match against RSL, MLS announced five other matches for each team. The Rapids play three home matches - against RSL, Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo - and three away matches - against FC Dallas, the San Jose Earthquakes and RSL - between August 22-September 12. Each match will count toward the 2020 regular season.
Does the season end on September 12?
It's the hope that Major League Soccer will announce additional regular season matches and playoff schedules in the coming days. We do know that the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will begin on November 20, culminating with MLS Cup on December 12. MLS has also announced that the regular season will end on November 8th with Decision Day.
Can fans attend the three home matches?
At this time, home games are scheduled to be played at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park with no fans in attendance. The Rapids and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment continue regular consultation with MLS as well as national, and local public health authorities regarding the possibility of having fans attend future home games. While our hope is to play in front of our supporters this season, our primary concern is the well-being of our fans, players, vendors, and staff and every decision will be made from that perspective first and foremost.
Can fans attend the three away matches?
At this time, fan attendance recommendations remain guided by MLS, national, and local public health authorities. Fans can check updates from the first three away matches for the Rapids - FC Dallas, San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake - for their current guidelines around attending matches.
I am a current Season Ticket Member, what happens now?
We recognize that this announcement and the current situation create a great deal of uncertainty surrounding your membership. While we wait for guidance on when and how we can return to DICK'S Sporting Goods Park, the Rapids are proactively opening membership renewals for 2021, which will allow you to move your investment to next season. As of today, your current credit from the 2020 season will automatically roll to the 2021 season to secure your membership seats at the same per game price you paid this year. No action is required of you to renew your membership for next season. Members that elect to maintain their credit on their 2021 Membership will not be required to make any additional payments for next season until March 2021. If you wish to opt out of your membership and request a refund, you can contact our Ticket Sales Department at any time prior to the beginning of the 2021 season.
What if fans are permitted to attend games in person at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park in 2020?
If fans are permitted to attend games at DICK's Sporting Goods Park at any point during the 2020 regular season and/or MLS Cup Playoffs, Season Ticket Members will receive priority to attend games. Should you wish to attend any games, you will have the choice to either utilize your credit from the 2020 season or maintain the credit on your 2021 Membership and make a new purchase. We will provide you with additional information should fans be welcomed back this season.
Will these games air on TV or radio?
We are working closely with MLS and our local broadcast partners, Altitude TV and Altitude Sports Radio, in hopes of broadcasting all six matches live. Stay tuned for more information regarding the broadcast schedule as well as updates on the ongoing negotiations between Altitude and Comcast & DISH Network.
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Major League Soccer Stories from August 8, 2020
- Rapids Announce Upcoming Regular Season Scheduling, Beginning August 22 against RSL - Colorado Rapids
- Inaugural Season Continues with Home Debut on August 22 - Inter Miami CF
- Everything You Need to Know About Resuming the 2020 MLS Season - Colorado Rapids
- Nashville Soccer Club Unveils Return to Play Plans Through September 12 - Nashville SC
- Major League Soccer Announces Continuation of Play in MLS Home Markets - New York Red Bulls
- Real Salt Lake Continues 2020 Season - Real Salt Lake
- LA Galaxy's First Six Matches of Continued Major League Soccer Season Announced - LA Galaxy
- MLS' 25th Season Continues in Local Markets in August - D.C. United
- MLS Announces Schedule for Continuation of 25th Regular Season - Atlanta United FC
- Timbers Continue Regular Season against Seattle Sounders FC at Providence Park on August 23 - Portland Timbers
- Chicago Fire FC to Continue 2020 MLS Regular Season at Soldier Field - Chicago Fire
- Philadelphia Union Announce Schedule for Continuation of Play in Home Markets - Philadelphia Union
- Sporting Releases Schedule for Next Six Matches, Announces Reduced-Capacity Plan - Sporting Kansas City
- First six games of FC Cincinnati's continuation of the regular season unveiled - FC Cincinnati
- Revolution Announce Six Games as MLS Season Continues in Home Markets - New England Revolution
- Orlando City SC Announces Schedule for In-Market Continuation of Play - Orlando City SC
- Columbus Crew SC's 25th Regular Season to Continue as Major League Soccer Announces Plan to Return to Home Markets - Columbus Crew SC
- MLS Regular Season to Continue in Local Markets in August - San Jose Earthquakes
- New York City FC Announces Continuation of Play with Phase 1 of 2020 MLS Regular Season - New York City FC
- MNUFC to Continue MLS Season in Local Markets - Minnesota United FC
- FC Dallas Resumes MLS Play with Two Home Matches vs Nashville SC - FC Dallas
- Houston Dynamo Return to BBVA Stadium in MLS Play August 21 vs. FC Dallas - Houston Dynamo
- MLS' 25th Season Continues in Local Markets in August - MLS
- Pizarro, Robles Excited for Continuation of MLS in South Florida - Inter Miami CF
- MLS' 25th Season Continues in Local Markets in August - Philadelphia Union
- Major League Soccer Announces Schedule for 2020 Continuation of Play - Seattle Sounders FC
- LAFC and MLS Announce Continuation of 2020 Regular Season in Home Markets - Los Angeles FC
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