Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that they will make a limited number of seats available for fans who can watch the World Series and National League Championship Series in person this year.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that they will make a limited number of seats available for fans who can watch the World Series and National League Championship Series in person this year. This is the first time fans have been allowed to participate in a Major League Baseball game since the start pandemic coronavirus, in the league.
Approximately 11,500 seats per game will be available at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, as of usually seats just over 40,000 people, MLB said in a statement. Approximately 10,500 fans will sit throughout the ballpark and 950 will be in suites. Instead of competing teams traveling back and forth between their home parks, Globe Life Field will host the entire NLCS and World Series this year.
The league said tickets would only be sold in groups of four adjacent seats, known as “pods”. Each pod will be at least six feet from the next, and no seats will be sold within 20 feet of where a player may be on the court, in dugouts or in the bullpen. Masks will be required unless fans eat or drink on their seats, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the park.
The league assured fans that it “has received appropriate approvals to host fans at the ballpark and will implement fan health and safety protocols in conjunction with state and local regulations.”
The Minnesota Twins face the Houston Astros during the American League Wild Card Round on September 30, 2020, with no fans present.
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Tickets for all the games will be sold on October 6. The NLCS will run from October 12 to 18 if it goes to seven matches, and the World Series begins on October 20. This is the first time the World Series is played in a neutral according to the league.
The MLB post season 2020 comes after the league was exposed to coronavirus outbreaks in the shortened regular season. Several series were postponed when players on teams included Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for the virus. As of September 25, the date of the league’s latest coronavirus update, 57 players and 33 staff had tested positive for the virus during the season.
But after a rocky start, it seemed that the league’s prospects improved. No new players tested positive in the week leading up to September 25, the league said, adding that “Among Major League players, there have now been no new positives in 26 consecutive days and in 34 of the last 35 days.”
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