Call of Duty League will welcome back a live audience for Stage 5 Major

After hosting its first LAN since the pandemic last month, the CDL is now bringing back the fans

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The Call of Duty League will welcome fans back to live events for the first time in well over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic forced tournaments online. The CDL Stage 5 Major will be the first of the season to be played in front of a crowd.

Taking place at the Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas from July 29 to August 1, the Stage 5 Major is the culmination of the 2021 season’s fifth leg of competition. It also comes shortly before teams compete for the lion’s share of the $5 million prize pool at the CDL Playoffs later this summer.

The Stage 4 Major was hosted in Arlington last month, marking the first LAN event since tournaments were moved online in March 2020, albeit without live crowds. Tickets are available now for the Stage 5 Major, with fans able to attend matches on July 31 and August 1

For fans looking to attend, there are some precautions in place. Everyone will be required to wear a mask, while anyone aged 16 must present a signed minor attendance permission form. Those aged 13-15 can attend with the form and a parent or guardian, while anyone under the age of 13 is not permitted.

It’s unclear if the CDL is selling tickets at a reduced capacity in the same vein as the Overwatch League, which is staging an in-person event for the Dallas Fuel in the same venue on July 9 at 50% attendance. The Loadout has reached out for clarification from the CDL regarding the maximum audience capacity for the Stage 5 Major.

While the Major will be on LAN and with a crowd, Stage 5 group play will continue to be played online, kicking off on Thursday, July 8 with London Royal Ravens vs Atlanta FaZe at the New York Subliners Home Series.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season has been dominated by Atlanta FaZe, which has won three of the four Majors so far. The team’s streak has only been broken by Toronto Ultra back in Stage 2.