Fans allowed at Nov. 1 TFC match in Connecticut

TORONTO FC AND STATE OF CONNECTICUT SET TO WELCOME FANS AT NOVEMBER 1 GAME
            Toronto FC and the State of Connecticut announced today that fans will be able to purchase tickets for Toronto FC’s last regular season home game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on Sunday, November 1 against Inter Miami CF.

“We look forward to having some fans in the stands for our final regular season game in East Hartford,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “Toronto FC is so grateful to the state of Connecticut and everyone at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field for providing us with such an outstanding facility during this unique stretch of games. Our players feel the support already and having some fans will make it even better.”

The attendance will be capped at 5,000 with two prices points in the 38,000 seat stadium. Select seating will be available in both the lower and upper bowls of the stadium. All patrons in attendance will be required to wear a mask or face covering and adhere to social distancing within the stadium.

“We’ve consulted with state and local public health officials and as long as certain health protocols are met, we believe that having a limited audience can safely be done, especially considering that this is an outdoor stadium,” Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont said. “I look forward to the day when we can fill the Rent back up to capacity. I appreciate Toronto FC and Major League Soccer for working with our administration so that we could make this happen.”

Toronto FC currently sit atop the standings for both the Supporters’ Shield and Eastern Conference with a record of 11-2-5 and 38 points from 18 matches. The Reds have five matches remaining in the regular season. TFC host Atlanta United FC on Sunday, October 18 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The Reds will then travel to Philadelphia to meet the Union on Saturday, October 24, followed by home matches with New York City FC on Wednesday, October 28 and Inter Miami CF on Sunday, November 1. TFC will conclude the regular season on Sunday, November 8 at Red Bull Arena against the Red Bulls in MLS Decision Day.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be purchased at www.rentschlerfield.com.

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TFC TO PLAY HOME MATCHES IN CONNECTICUT

TORONTO FC TO PLAY ITS HOME MATCHES IN CONNECTICUT

Toronto FC announced plans today to play their next MLS home game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Reds will begin this next portion of the MLS regular season on Saturday September 19 when they meet D.C. United at Audi Field. The Reds will play their second game at Red Bull Arena against New York City FC on Wednesday, September 23 and then host Columbus Crew SC on Sunday, September 27 in East Hartford.

“While we continue to work with government officials on our travel protocols, it is important to the club to have our own home away from home during this next phase,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “The state of Connecticut opened their arms for us and my compliments to David Lehman and Governor Lamont for their leadership here. Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field is a great venue. They’ve hosted a number of international games and we’re excited to play there.”

MLS announced the next three games for each club as the league continues to finalize travel protocols. Pending further developments regarding travel, the next set of regular season matches will be announced.

“We felt that it was important to have a surrogate home field that had similarities to BMO Field, in dimension, surface characteristics, and field quality,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “Also, from a competitive standpoint, a priority was to have our own home field. While playing at BMO Field is always our preferred and ideal option, we think the East Hartford location is the best available option for this next phase.”

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, the home to the University of Connecticut’s NCAA Division I football team, has hosted a number of United States Men’s and Women’s National team games through the years. The pitch is Kentucky Blue Grass with dimensions of 115 by 75 yards.