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San Jose Earthquakes announce limited capacity sellouts for 1st 2 home games

But will the honking continue?

MLS: Los Angeles FC at San Jose Earthquakes Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Wednesday that their first two home games of the 2021 MLS regular season — Apr. 24 vs. FC Dallas and May 1 against D.C. United — are sold out.

Of course, these sellouts are with a caveat, since the newly-minted PayPal Park, like most stadiums in the United States, are allowing a limited capacity for the time being in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

An Earthquakes team source told Center Line Soccer the capacity for those two games will be about 3,500 for each game. That appears to be right around 20 percent of capacity for the stadium, to give you a sense of how full the stadium will be.

Season ticket holders who didn’t get a seat for the first two games will have opportunities to get in to a subsequent home match.

Obviously it won’t be the same as a jam-packed stadium, and I’m guessing this spells the end of the drive-in experience at Quakes games, but hopefully everyone is smart about physically distancing, wearing masks and behaving responsibly, and hopefully this is just the start of getting back to regular life again while staying safe.

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