UPDATE: As of March 12, MLS and CONCACAF has officially suspended all competitions for at least 30 days in response to coronavirus. For more information, read this article.
Original story: The recent global outbreak of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) has shook the world, and has wreaked havoc throughout the footballing world. Serie A — Italy’s top flight league — recently announced that it had suspended play indefinitely while Italy goes into full lockdown mode to prevent the virus’ spread. Elsewhere, several UEFA Champions League games have been forced to play on behind closed doors.
Fear of the virus has also severely impacted the American sports market as well, A joint statement from the NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS has stated that members of the media will not be permitted in team clubhouses “until further notice.” Los Angeles-based team’s, such as the LA Galaxy and LAFC, may be forced to postpone home matches or play them without spectators.
But for New York City FC, the show will go on. In a statement released earlier today, the club announced that as of right now, both the game against Tigres tomorrow night at Red Bull Arena and City’s home opener against FC Dallas will proceed as planned with only minor changes.
Here’s the full statement.
As you have seen in the news, there is a growing concern about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The safety of our fans, players and staff is our number one priority. NYCFC and Major League Soccer leadership have set up working groups to ensure all appropriate action and precautions are taken. We are monitoring this rapidly changing situation closely and will continue to follow the advice of our city, state, and federal agency partners.
As of now, and with the guidance of Concacaf and MLS, matches scheduled for this week will continue as planned – including tomorrow’s Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League match at Red Bull Arena and Saturday’s Home Opener at Yankee Stadium.
We have been in close contact with both Red Bull Arena and Yankee Stadium and understand both venues are committed to undergoing all precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
As a Club, we have decided to postpone the Pep Rally at Billy’s Sports Bar that was scheduled for Friday, March 13.
Heading into our Home Opener, we want all fans to be informed on the following recommendations from the CDC to slow the spread of germs.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Please stay at home if you are unwell or believe you’ve come into close contact with someone who appears to be unwell. Further advice and updates can be found here.
We will provide further updates as they are made available. We greatly appreciate your cooperation as we work together to protect the health and safety of all our fans, players and staff.