Major League Soccer announced on Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020, has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, April 24. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence.
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MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.
Additionally, the National Women’s Soccer League announced on Apr. 4, 2020 that it has extended its training moratorium through and including Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The league will continue to work closely with our task force, governmental health authorities and our ownership group as they target an end of June regular season start. In accordance with earlier mandates by the State of Oregon in regards to public gatherings, Thorns FC has canceled the Portland Thorns FC preseason tournament, scheduled to take place from March 29-April 4.
The status of future matches for both clubs will be determined at a later date in conjunction with Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, public health authorities and government agencies.
Tickets purchased for postponed events are good for the new date of the match. With regard to canceled games, the Timbers and Thorns FC will reach out to fans with next steps.
Last updated: April 4, 2020 at 12:45pm PT. Please check back regularly – contents are subject to change.
Can I get a refund if I don’t feel comfortable attending an event?
If the event is occurring as scheduled, refunds are not available.
Should I wear a mask?
There is little evidence that masks limit exposure or decrease risk of illness when used in the public setting. They might lead to a false sense of security and make people less likely to take other, more effective measures to decrease risk of infection.
However, masks do appear to be useful when they are worn by people wo are ill to limit the spread of a virus when the ill person coughs or sneezes. Please stay home if you feel unwell.
Can guests wear masks in the stadium AND while entering the stadium through security?
Yes, guests can wear masks into the stadium, but just like other events, guests should be prepared to remove them while they go through security screening.
What adjustments have been made to Providence Park to account for the virus?
We have installed additional hand sanitizing stations throughout and are deploying a crew to disinfect surfaces throughout each matchday.
Informational preventative health signs have also been installed throughout the stadium to remind guests to wash their hands thoroughly and practice good respiratory hygiene. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Where can I find out more about the coronavirus?
The Oregon Health Authority has an exhaustive FAQ with additional information available here. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention a helpful list available about the latest on the coronavirus. Visit cdc.gov/COVID19.