SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - It's the news Valley soccer fans have been waiting for, as the Phoenix Rising is getting ready to welcome fans back for the first time since March 2020.
On Friday, September 11, the team will become the first professional sports team in Arizona to allow fans back.
"I know they’re very excited as we are to have fans back in there, and I also know it’s going to be a little different," said Phoenix Rising General Manager Bobby Dulle. "For them, it’s important that they adhere to the rules. They’re not above that. They know that. We’ll have some conversations this week to see what we can do."
Less than 1,000 season ticket holders will get the chance to be at Casino Arizona Field.
"As some schools start to open up and businesses open back up and you see a gathering of people, we’ll continue to do the same thing," said Dulle.
Masks are required, and while there will be food, there will be no congregating. The food has to be eaten at the seat.
Some fans, like Monica McPherson, have not missed a Phoenix Rising game in two years, home or away. For McPherson, not being able to be there this season when COVID-19 forced spectators out has been tough.
"I have the rising scarf. I have the red fury," said McPherson.
McPherson said she will be at the field on September 11 with some other red fury supporters.
"I’m at high risk for COVID, but I’m not gonna miss that game. It’s just not gonna happen. It’s like a gift to have that ticket," said McPherson. “I know we have to wear a mask. We’re supposed to socially distance our six feet. They gave us seat numbers, which is weird for us."