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Forward Madison FC will play its home matches at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin when the 2020 season begins on July 18, the club announced Thursday. The club is not permitted to host matches in Dane County where its permanent home venue is located due to current public health restrictions.
“Breese Stevens Field is our home and will be for many years to come,” said Forward Madison COO and Owner Conor Caloia. “However, in order to fulfill our obligations to USL League One and participate this season, it is necessary to temporarily make a home somewhere else. We would like to thank the City of Wauwatosa for welcoming us for the 2020 season. We are excited to be bringing professional soccer to Hart Park.”
Forward Madison has outlined a COVID-19 Readiness Plan for the new venue. The plan, which has been approved by the City of Wauwatosa’s Health Department, includes mandatory facemasks in the facility, a socially distanced seat map and significantly reduced capacity.
“In times in which events need to function differently for public health reasons, we’re proud to be welcoming a professional soccer team to Wauwatosa’s Hart Park stadium and [are] encouraged by the multiple public health measures they’re taking,” said Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride. “Fans and visitors to Wauwatosa can look forward to these fast-paced, energetic games while being safe in our community.”
Forward Madison will offer Hart Park-specific season ticket packages and plans to sell single-game tickets if capacity allows. The club is hosting a digital town hall featuring Conor Caloia on its Facebook page at 5:00 PM CT on July 9.
The 2020 USL League One season kicks off on Saturday, July 18. All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.