Madison Mallards, Forward Madison FC will return to Madison this summer, allow fans in stands

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MADISON, Wis. — Dane County’s new public health order allowing outdoor mass gatherings is leading to a pair of Madison sports teams announcing their returns to the city later this summer.

Both the Madison Mallards and Forward Madison FC announced Thursday morning they would be returning to the Duck Pond and Breese Stevens Field, respectively, this summer and allowing a limited number of fans to their games.

The Mallards canceled their 2020 season last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and gathering limits that did not allow them to have fans. Forward Madison still played their 2020 season, but played home games outside of Dane County.

“Part of summer in Madison is enjoying the old ballgame at the Duck Pond” Madison Mallards President Vern Stenman said. “It has been a tough year for us and our community and we can’t wait to bring everyone back together around America’s pastime at the ballgame this summer once again.”

The Mallards will begin their 36-game season on May 31st. Ticket information will become available in early May.

Forward Madison, meanwhile, will begin play at Breese Stevens Field on May 15th against North Carolina FC, the first of 14 games in Madison this summer.

“bringing soccer back to Breese is a bright light at the end of what’s felt like a very long, dark tunnel. We know we’re not out of the woods yet, but we can’t wait to be back,” Andrew Schmidt, president of indepedent supporters’ assocation “The Flock” said.

Capacity for games at Breese Stevens Field will be limited to start the season as fans will be seated at least six feet apart, but the team says season ticket holders will be given first priority for tickets.

Forward Madison says more details about its ticket information will also be available in early May.