With record-breaking heat heading to the D.C. region this weekend, D.C. United’s regular-season match against Toronto FC Saturday will kickoff 2 1/2 hours later than scheduled.
The game was initially scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at Audi Field, but now the match begin at 6:30 p.m., according to Major League Soccer and D.C. United.
The Washington Post’s Steven Goff, who first reported the possible time change, said that United asked MLS to push back the start time, citing health and safety concerns for players and fans.
Intense heat and humidity make an early visit to the D.C. area starting on Friday, with temperatures expected to break into the 90s and return there once again on Saturday and Sunday.
A team spokesperson confirmed to WTOP late Friday night that fans will be allowed to bring in one 12-ounce factory-sealed bottle of water to the stadium due to the weather. Fans may also bring a reusable bottle that can be filled at the venue’s water fountains.
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United (4-6-2) is looking to bounce back after losing 2-0 to New York City FC Wednesday night.