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San Antonio FC will not host fans for home opener in resumed USL Championship season


San Antonio FC’s first home game during the return to USL Championship play will happen without fans in attendance, but the team left the door open to hosting spectators later in the year.

SAFC’s first match at Toyota Field in the resumed season is scheduled for July 25 against RGV FC. USL competition has been suspended since March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The team’s decision to bar spectators will be re-evaluated prior to SAFC’s second home date, against Austin Bold FC on Aug. 15.

“Our primary focus in hosting games during this pandemic continues to be the safety and welfare of all constituents, including participants, fans and game-day staff,” the team said in a statement. “SAFC will continue to monitor the local health situation and will provide an update in advance of the club’s second home match.”

COVID-19 has surged in Bexar County, with a rolling seven-day average of more than 500 new confirmed cases per day through July.

Fans attend the San Antonio FC home opener against Saint Louis FC Saturday March 24, 2018 at Toyota Field.

Fans attend the San Antonio FC home opener against Saint Louis FC Saturday March 24, 2018 at Toyota Field.

Photo: Edward A. Ornelas, Staff / San Antonio Express-News

Photo: Edward A. Ornelas, Staff / San Antonio Express-News

Fans attend the San Antonio FC home opener against Saint Louis FC Saturday March 24, 2018 at Toyota Field.

Fans attend the San Antonio FC home opener against Saint Louis FC Saturday March 24, 2018 at Toyota Field.

Photo: Edward A. Ornelas, Staff / San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio FC will not host fans for home opener in resumed USL Championship season

The USL season resumes Saturday, with SAFC playing its first match July 17 at RGV FC. San Antonio is slated for 15 contests during the 11-week season and plays four of its first five matches on the road.

To limit travel during the return to play, the USL grouped teams regionally, placing SAFC into the Western Conference’s Group D alongside Austin Bold FC, OKC Energy FC, RGV FC and FC Tulsa.

greg.luca@express-news.net