Following the CDC’s updated guidance recommending that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear their masks in most settings, stadium capacity restrictions lifted in many places. As such, the sports world began preparing to welcome more fans.
With the MLB season still relatively young, the league’s clubs still have plenty of time to adjust attendance policies. A few teams have already fully reopened their parks, some took the plunge immediately, and others are taking a phased approach.
Here’s a summary of each team’s decisions on stadium capacity and how they’re getting to 100%.
- The Texas Rangers filled Globe Life Park to full capacity starting on Opening Day, the first MLB team to do so.
- As of May 7, the Atlanta Braves are welcoming fans to Truist Park at full capacity.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks raised Chase Field’s capacity to 100% beginning May 25.
- The Houston Astros opened Minute Maid Park to full capacity starting May 25.
- Fenway Park fully opened to Boston Red Sox fans on Memorial Day weekend.
- The Baltimore Orioles announced that Camden Yards would fully reopen on June 1.
- Michigan lifted its Covid-19 capacity restrictions, allowing the Detroit Tigers to welcome fans to Comerica Park at 100% capacity starting June 8.
- California will lift its capacity restrictions on June 15. After that, full-capacity baseball will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Dodger Stadium June 15 and to both the Los Angeles Angels‘ Angel Stadium and the San Diego Padres‘ Petco Park June 17.
- The Oakland Athletics announced that RingCentral Coliseum will eliminate capacity restrictions June 29.
- The Miami Marlins‘ LoanDepot Park will return to full capacity July 5.
Scaling Up to 100% Capacity
- The Kansas City Royals increased Kauffman Stadium’s capacity to 45% in mid-May and 100% May 31.
- The Cincinnati Reds‘ Great American Ballpark fully opened to fans of America’s pastime June 2. The club previously raised capacity to 40% in late April.
- The Cleveland Indians have progressively raised capacity at Progressive Field, opening to 40% in May and 100% beginning June 2.
- Washington, D.C., granted the Washington Nationals an exemption to increase Nationals Park’s capacity to 36% starting May 14 and 100% beginning June 11.
- The Chicago Cubs increased Wrigley Field’s capacity to 60% starting May 28. Beginning June 11, the Cubs will be back at 100%.
- Philadelphia Phillies fans can fill Citizens Bank Park to 100% capacity beginning June 12. Capacity also increased to 37% beginning June 4. The club says socially distanced sections will be available.
- June 14 marks the return of full capacity crowds at Busch Stadium for St. Louis Cardinals games. Until then, the stadium can be up to two-thirds full.
- The Milwaukee Brewers raised Miller Park’s capacity to 50% in mid-May, and it will be at 100% starting June 25.
- In May, the San Francisco Giants doubled Oracle Park’s capacity to 50% and designated 1,000 seats for fully vaccinated fans. Additionally, on June 25, they will eliminate attendance restrictions.
- Guaranteed Rate Field can host Chicago White Sox fans at 60% capacity effective May 24, and the club is expected to reach full capacity by June 25.
- Coors Field moved to 70% capacity for Colorado Rockies games beginning June 1 and will increase 100% June 28.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates announced PNC Park could return to 55% capacity on June 3 and 100% July 1.
- The Minnesota Twins will operate Target Field at 60% capacity through late May, 80% in June, and 100% beginning July 5.
These teams haven’t released target dates for having full stadiums, but they’re welcoming more fans.
- Starting June 1, the Toronto Blue Jays are welcoming fans to their temporary home in Buffalo, New York, at 45% capacity. Two-thirds of available seats will be designated for fully vaccinated fans, with no social distancing required. On June 25, they will raise capacity to 80%, with 95% of seats for fully vaccinated fans. Covid-19 travel restrictions have made traveling to Canada difficult, so the Jays are playing stateside at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field.
- .Effective June 8, the Tampa Bay Rays raised Tropicana Field’s capacity to 48%, but the upper deck will remain closed.
Raising Attendance with Fully Vaccinated Sections
- On May 7, the Seattle Mariners announced designated sections for fully vaccinated fans and special in-game rewards for those fans. On June 14, they will raise capacity to about 64%, and around 87% of available seats will be reserved for fully vaccinated fans.
- Starting May 19, the New York Yankees and Mets can welcome fully vaccinated fans back to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, respectively, at full capacity. The Mets plan to reserve all but 3,000 seats for fully vaccinated fans. Sections with unvaccinated fans must remain one-third full. However, fans wanting to join the full-capacity sections can get vaccinated at onsite vaccine clinics.
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