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Texas gives green light for outdoor sports events with limited fans

Getty ImagesTexas will now allow limited spectators at outdoor professional sports events, the US state’s governor Greg Abbott has confirmed. Abbott had already revealed earlier this month that some pro sports teams could apply to hold events without spectators from 31st May, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, and outdoor racing. But the latest announcement means, effective from 29th May, outdoor stadiums in Texas counties will be permitted to stage live sports, with spectator numbers limited to 25 per cent of their normal capacity, pending approval from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The news will come as a boost to the state's major league franchises with capacity to host outdoor games. The National Football League's (NFL) Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans would be conditionally permitted to have fans in attendance at AT&T Stadium and NRG Stadium respectively. The same goes for the state's two Major League Baseball (MLB) outfits, the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros.

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