Inter Miami is set to become the first MLS club to operate at potentially full capacity. In a statement by the organization on Tuesday, Inter Miami will take off all restrictions for seating within the stadium.
Per the statement from Inter Miami, “DRV PNK Stadium will operate at full capacity while abiding by MLS guidelines for all home matches starting with the Saturday, May 29, matchup against D.C. United.”
It will be the first time in franchise history that Inter Miami will have what is likely to be a full house at DRV PNK Stadium. Last season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club played their first ever match at Los Angeles FC. All subsequent matches at DRV PNK Stadium following the league’s return to play were played behind closed doors.
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Even their two home matches so far this year involved limited attendance and social distance spacing.
“This is an exciting development for Inter Miami, our fans, and partners, who have waited over a year to truly debut our stadium and experience a night of fútbol at full capacity,” Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas said via the club’s statement.
“Our community is taking great steps forward in helping us get back to normal, especially with the rapid distribution of vaccinations, and this coupled with the high demand from our fans gives us the confidence to operate at full capacity.”
It is admittedly a bit awkward for Inter Miami given the situation of the past year. The excitement of an expansion season has worn off and the team, despite making the playoffs, is a team that is mired in mediocrity. Despite the big names on the roster, the club is certainly still rebuilding. Roster wise, the personnel is behind fellow 2020 expansion side Nashville.
And the argument can be made that Austin FC, who entered the league this year, is ahead of Inter Miami in terms of their roster construct. Inter Miami is currently ninth place in the Eastern Conference.