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RSL opening home opener attendance to 10,000, says interim president Kimball

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The move comes as nearly 25% of Utahns are fully vaccinated.

Portland Timbers v Real Salt Lake Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

Real Salt Lake will expand allowed attendance at the club’s May 1 home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium to 10,000, RSL interim president John Kimball announced in an interview on ESPN 700.

Kimball said the club will enforce a mask mandate at the match, and that food and drink won’t be allowed in the stands.

A full opening for the stadium is “yet to be determined,” he said.

The announcement was made in an interview Wednesday afternoon with Spence Checketts on Dell Loy Hansen-owned ESPN 700.

“We’re really excited to get season ticket holders back in the building, and welcome and invite more people to come out with us,” Kimball said.

Utah is reporting nearly 600,000 fully vaccinated individuals — roughly 25% of Utah’s estimated population — with over 1 million people partially vaccinated.

Real Salt Lake is currently in Tucson for preseason; the club’s first match is April 24 against Minnesota United.