Canada announces limited capacity in match against USMNT 

Lizzy Becherano
Canada Soccer announces limited capacity in match against USMNT
Canada Soccer announces limited capacity in match against USMNT / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages

Canada Soccer confirmed that a limited capacity of fans would be enforced in the match against the US men’s national team to be in accordance with all relevant public health guidelines. 

Tim Hortons Field will operate at 50% of venue capacity on 30 January for the FIFA World Cup Qatar vs. the USMNT. 12,000 spectators are expected to be in attendance. 

“We remain excited to bring the Men’s National Team FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifiers match to Hamilton with the team riding a nation-wide wave of support at the top of the table and we thank all of our fans who helped us sell out Tim Hortons Field back in December and are pushing our team to new heights,” said Dr. Nick Bontis, Canada Soccer President. 

“We prioritize the safety of all players, staff and fans and want to acknowledge the diligent and ongoing work, not only these past few weeks, but throughout the Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, of our partners at all levels of government to ensure that we are able to play in front of our fans on home soil.”

The match comes in the middle of a three-match FIFA window, kicking off on 27 January against Honduras at Olímpico Metropolitano. After hosting the USMNT, Canada will travel to El Salvador on 2 February. 

“All tickets purchased as part of the original on sale date of 17 December 2021 will be cancelled with full refunds provided to all ticket holders on their credit cards within two to four weeks. Canada Soccer will be in direct contact with all ticket purchasers to provide details on how to access tickets for the 50% reduced capacity configuration,” stated the organization. 

“All ticket purchasers will be provided the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 30 January home match through a dedicated pre-sale window beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday 25 January. A public on-sale will follow on 26 January at 10:00 ET should inventory remain available.”

Other protocols will also be in place during the match to ensure public health safety is a top priority. Fans attending the match are required to provide proof of vaccination (QR code and double dose), pass through active screening upon entry, wear masks and practice social distancing.

Canada currently leads the Concacaf table with 16 points in eight games and a record of 4-4-0.