The crowd’s return to the Roberto Clemente Coliseum after more than a year of absence will have its charm as well as its health measures.
The emblematic capital’s headquarters will host for the second time the AmeriCup Women’s Championship, which can only be attended by people who present a completed covid-19 vaccination card.
“All sanitary measures will be taken, because we have to be very demanding. We don’t want there to be any kind of infection here. Only vaccinated people will be accepted, as approved by protocol,” the Puerto Rican Basketball Association (Fbpur) president said, on Ramos, vaccination cards will be checked at the entrance along with identification (ID).
Ramos stressed during the press conference held on Tuesday at Clemente Stadium, where 12 players will be active in the important competition in which ten teams will participate, the need to “fully immunize people”, with the required doses and the following days to obtain full immunity.
“This is the only way to make an event safe,” he said.
Clemente will unlock at 50 percent capacity. In other words, approximately 4,200 to 4,300 people will be allowed in. Originally, the sports facility was scheduled to open at 30 percent capacity. But that changed after the new executive order came into effect on Monday from Governor Pedro Pierluisi, who attended the presentation of the national team that made its debut on Friday against Venezuela.
However, only the second and third levels will open, as the first floor will remain closed to protect all delegations.
Once people reach the runway, they must go through a rigorous verification process.
“Nothing is infallible. But we will have three checkpoints. We will have a checkpoint for people who go to the second floor to check the card with ID. We will have another checkpoint on the second floor where the card will be checked again and we will pass security to get to the Colosseum Ramos explained that those who go to the third floor pass through another entrance, which will also have a checkpoint in the middle of the entrance and another later.
And on possible falsification of vaccination cards, the federal director urged people “not to be fooled.” Entering an event without vaccination just to buy a ticket, because the vaccinations are free, does not make sense and threatens the security of the country. We urge everyone to abide by the rules. We are still in a pandemic. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we have to do our part.”
Ramos added that there will be hand disinfection at the entrance to the amphitheater and will require the mandatory use of masks even if people are vaccinated.
He also noted that all employees of the Colosseum have been vaccinated and tested negative for the COVID-19 virus.
“We will have waiters who will take food and drink to the chairs to avoid getting crowded in queues,” Ramos said.
“We will be very strict,” he said.
Only a maximum of four tickets will be sold and will be on sale through a PR ticket.
This will be the second sporting event to be held with the public on the island, after the men’s national team soccer match that took place last week at the Central American Stadium, in Mayaguez.
The last time the Roberto Clemente Coliseum stadium opened its doors to the public was in February 2020, when a qualifying window was played for the men’s team for the 2022 America’s Cup.
In February of this year, the last single was played, but without an audience.
Puerto Rico hosted the South American Women’s Cup in 2019.
Puerto Ricans are in Group B along with the United States, Venezuela, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. The first group includes Canada, Brazil, Colombia, the Virgin Islands and El Salvador.
The team, led by Jerry Batista, consists of Jennifer O’Neill, Tyra Melendez, Pamela Rosado, Alison Gibson, Jada Stinson, Daishali Salaman, Jazmon Gwathme, Izales Quinones, Sabrina Lozada, India Pagan, Jacqueline Benitez and Michelle Gonzal.
This event awards four places to qualifying windows for the FIFA World Cup in Australia in 2022.