El Paso Locomotive reverses decision: No fans in stands on Saturday

Five USL Championship teams announced plans to have a limited number of fans in the stands when the season resumes this weekend.

One of them announced on Monday it had changed its mind.

After saying Southwest University Park would be open to about 25 percent capacity, the El Paso Locomotive decided to play without fans in the stands for the Saturday match against Rio Grande Valley FC and the following Wednesday against New Mexico United due to the ongoing Cobid-19 situation locally and statewide.
 
Fans can still help fill the stands with a stand-up image of themselves. Cutouts can be purchased starting at $35 and net proceeds will benefit Covid-19 relief funds in the El Paso community.

“We know we can do this the right way and keep everybody safe,” El Paso general manager of operations Andrew Forrest told KFOX14. “But it just doesn’t feel like the right time.”

Re-opening weekend:
Saturday, July 11
*Real Monarchs vs. San Diego, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes)
*Indy Eleven vs. Saint Louis FC, 7 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta United 2, 7:30 p.m. ET
Colorado Springs vs. New Mexico United, 8 p.m. ET
El Paso vs. Rio Grande Valley FC, 9:30 p.m. ET
Phoenix vs. LA Galaxy II, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes)
Sunday, July 12
*Louisville City vs. Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes)
Monday, July 13
*OKC Energy FC vs. FC Tulsa, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Sac Republic FC vs. Tacoma, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes)
*Playing before a limited number of fans.
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