THIS STORY RAN EARLY ON WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED THAT ARIZONA WOULD BE OPEN TO MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS—HOWEVER, FELD MOTORSPORTS CHOSE ON THURSDAY TO HOLD ALL SEVEN REMAINING ROUNDS IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that his state will drop its stay-at-home order at the end of this week. Arizona has seen a downward trend in positive coronavirus cases and there has been a decrease in the number of people testing positive for the virus (down to 6.5%) in a much larger pool of overall tests. At the press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Ducey said that gyms and swimming pools are opening today and major league sports will be able to resume play on Saturday. Arizona has been at the forefront of progressively opening up retail stores, restaurants, salons and barbershops in May. The Governor urged businesses opening this month to urge patrons and workers to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey also announced Tuesday that major league sports, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer, can resume practicing and playing in the state beginning Saturday. Any games played in the state will be played without fans for now. “We have had discussions with leaders with some of these leagues, and they all know they are welcome to operate, play and perform in the state of Arizona,” Governor Ducey said.
This news bodes well for the return of the last seven rounds of the 2020 AMA Supercross series, because Feld Motrsports has been working on a plan to hold a series of races in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, but have been held back by the state government rules on opening up the state. This new ruling by the Governor opens the way for Supercross to return—albeit on an unknown schedule, that could include weekday races on a hurry-up schedule.
The previously announced plan to start the Supercross season called for Friday and Monday races on consecutive weeks until all seven unfinished races were competed. Although, there will be no fans in the stands, Feld should be announcing their full plan on Thursday, May 14.
Since the AMA outdoor National Motocross season has been pushed back to July 4, 2020, (also at a yet to be announced location) that gives Supercross the end of May and all of June to complete the series that was halted after ten rounds. Stay tuned.