Louisville City FC will officially return to action on July 12.
According to a report by ESPN this afternoon, LouCity’s Lynn Family Stadium will open its doors – with fans – next weekend with a match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
With this news, the USL will officially become the first U.S. sports league to play matches in its home markets since the coronavirus shut things down in mid-March.
As announced last week, the match will take place in front of fans, with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear approving a 50-percent capacity at Lynn Family Stadium. With a total seating capacity of 15,304, this means roughly 7,600 fans will be allowed in with social distancing and other safety protocols in place.
Among the new safety protocols? The implementation of VenueShield, a new environmental hygiene protocol in response to evolving guest expectations, along with temperature screenings, mandatory face coverings, sanitized touch points, and covered concessions, among others. The venue will also operate cash-free in an attempt to limit contact.
LouCity FC is expected to make a public announcement later today, followed by the full USL Championship schedule set to be released in the near future.
The brand new $65 million facility was originally completed in time for the start of the 2020 USL Championship season, with the team’s original home opener scheduled for April 11.