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Forward Madison FC prepares for home opener, fans in the stands

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WAUWATOSA (WKOW)-- Forward Madison FC is hosting all their home games at Hart Park in Wauwatosa this season. Their home opener is Friday, and there will be fans in the stands, but safety is the main priority.

"Every seat in this grand stand will be socially-distanced, a significantly reduced capacity," Team Owner and COO Conor Coloia said. "Masks will be required unless you are in your seat eating or drinking."

"It's 25, 30 percent capacity," Head Coach and Technical Director Daryl Shore said. "I think we can have up to 1,400 fans, would love to have 1,400 fans but also understand that it's unknown. There's still a lot of people that are worried about the unknown. The only thing I would say is it's safe."

Playing in a pandemic means the players know completing this season is no guarantee.

"It very well could be your last game or it could not so I think that's the mentality for me is I feel very blessed to be in the position that I'm in just to keep on playing the game that I love," Forward Wojciech Wojcik said.

The players are enjoying every minute on the field while holding each other accountable of it in hope that the season continues.

"I think we all came to an agreement in part of having a season, and we just have to trust each other and pretty much the actions that you do, they are affecting so many other people," Vice-Captain JC Banks said.

"It's a strange time for everybody, but if we want to be able to play and stay healthy and keep playing then we have to follow these strict protocols," Shore said.

Forward Madison will host Greenville Triumph on Friday at 7 p.m. hoping to get their first win of the season in front of their fans for the first time.

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Karley Marotta

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