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Atlético Ottawa home match marks first large-scale sporting event at TD Place during pandemic

There are expected to be about 12,000 people at the stadium for the team's home opener.
2018-10-30 TD Place MV3
TD Place. Mike Vlasveld/ CityNews

TD Place will be close to its maximum COVID-restricted capacity for the first time this weekend as Ottawa's new professional soccer team makes its home debut.

Atlético Ottawa are set to host the Halifax's HFX Wanderers FC at 3 p.m., Saturday.

The Canadian Premier League club is offering a pay-what-you-want option for the game, resulting in close to 12,000 seats being snapped up by local soccer fans.

Under the latest COVID-19 public health guidelines, outdoor sports venues are allowed a maximum capacity of 15,000.

Atlético Ottawa has three wins, one draw and seven losses so far on the 2021 season, which started in a Winnipeg bubble and then featured a handful of road games for the capital city side.

CityNews Ottawa Meteorologist Jill Taylor says the weather should be perfect for Saturday's game with sunshine and a high of 24 degrees Celsius. 

The Ottawa Redblacks will play their first game at TD Place on August 28.

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