Fans will be allowed to start the season at every major league stadium, but the capacities can range from just 1,000 to 40,300.
Baseball is doing its best to bring things back to normal, restoring a 162-game season and beginning the year with fans in every stadium’s stand.
Some policies set by Major League Baseball are discontinued in every park, such as requiring fans to wear masks, but there are deviations from approaches based on rules in the city or state where the game is being played. However, nothing has been set in stone because of how stringent or relaxing regulations can be in the context of coronavirus infection.
Anthony S., the United States government’s top infectious disease specialist. In a recent interview with “Face the Nation”, Fauci said that he expected restrictions to ease as the season progressed.
“I would expect that as we get through the summer – late spring, early summer – there is going to be a relaxation where you are allowing more and more people to go to the baseball park, very likely Wearing masks that are different with seating, is very likely,” he said.
Capacity: 25 percent (~11,000 fans)
Notable: Fans will be seated in the shell. Neck getters and masks with ventilation vents are not allowed.
Boston Red Sox
Capacity: 12 percent (~4,000)
Notable: Before stadium entry, health screenings are a must, and no bags will be allowed in the stadium.
New York Yankees
Capacity: 20 percent (10,850)
Spectators require proof of a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of play or are vaccinated. The stadium will continue as a vaccination site through April.
Tampa Bay Rays
Capacity: ~20 percent (9,000)
Notable: This is only about 5,000 to 6,000 fewer than their average home attendance in the last five pre-pandemic years.
Toronto Blue Jays
TD Bank Park
Capacity: 15 percent (~1,275)
With the 14-day quarantine limit crossed for Canada, Blue Jayce is forced to begin the season at their spring training site in Dunedin, Fla. They may eventually transition to Buffalo or another US city before returning to Toronto this season.