WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Baseball is back in Palm Beach County this weekend!
Spring training starts on Sunday at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach and Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
The teams are looking forward to returning to work after the spring training was interrupted last year due to the pandemic, and delayed the start of the baseball season until July.
Major League Baseball is set to have a complete 162 game plan for games after last year’s shortened season.
Major League Baseball renewed our training plan this month due to the pandemic, cut travel for Florida-based teams in an effort to minimize coronavirus risk.
Ballpark of The Palm Beaches General Manager Matt Slatus said that the stadium capacity will be limited to just under 1600. The stadium’s normal capacity is about 8000 people.
Sunday’s match between the Marlins and Astros in West Palm Beach is sold out. Since there are very limited tickets available this spring, fans are advised to visit ballpark’s website to search for availability and buy ahead of game day.
Slatus said a number of safety precautions have been implemented, including the installation of more than 50 hand-cleaning stations throughout the park.
“We have converted all sinks and toilets to non-contact. We moved to a cashless environment, so we only ask you to use credit and debit cards in the facility,” said Slatus.
The staff at the ballpark will wear face covers over their noses and mouths throughout the game. Fans will be asked to do the same if they do not eat or drink.
All seats will be set up in belts, ranging from one to six seats, which will be located 6 meters apart.
The COVID-19 test facility, which has been located by the ballpark since last year, has been moved to the southernmost area on the 160 targets that include the ballpark. Slatus said that fans participating in games will park and enter a separate area from the COVID-19 test area.
“I think the tourism industry is excited. … We are starting to see the beginning of an improvement here. Major League Baseball is back,” said Slatus.
The Nationals will also start the spring training matches on Sunday and will receive the Cardinals in Jupiter at 1 p.m.